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Interesting stats and facts ahead of the race at the Sachsenring

Interesting stats and facts ahead of the race at the Sachsenring

Interesting stats and facts ahead of the race at the Sachsenring

The last four Grand Prix events in Britain, Holland, Catalunya and Italy have produced twelve different Grand Prix winners. In each of the three classes four different riders have taken the victory at these events – 125cc: Barbera, Jenkner, Pedrosa, Cecchinello; 250cc: Nieto, West, De Puniet, Poggiali; MotoGP: Biaggi, Gibernau, Capirossi, Rossi.

Aprilia have a total of 153 GP victories and need just one more win to match the number of GP victories taken by Suzuki. Only Honda (552 GP wins), Yamaha (402 GP wins) and MV-Agusta (274 GP wins) have taken more wins in all solo classes of GP racing.

With just 0.002 sec separating Max Biaggi and Jeremy McWilliams this is the closest pole position margin ever recorded in the premier-class of Grand Prix racing. This is the closest grid of 2003 in the premier-class with just 1.829 sec covering the top 20 qualifiers.

Max Biaggi, who starts from pole for the second successive race, has had three podium finishes at the Sachsenring circuit, including a win in 2001. If Biaggi should win he will become the first rider to win back-to-back races in the premier-class since Rossi won in Portugal and then Brazil last year and the first person other than Rossi to win back-to-back races in the MotoGP class since Garry McCoy won in Portugal and then Valencia in 2000.

Jeremy McWilliams is the first rider to qualify on the front row in the premier-class on a two-stroke machine since Garry McCoy at the last race of 2002 in Valencia. McWilliams, who is using Bridgestone tyres, is also the first non-Michelin rider to qualify on the front row in the premier-class this year. McWilliams scored his first ever podium in GP racing at the Sachsenring circuit in 1998 in the 250cc class.

Loris Capirossi's only podium finish at the Sachsenring came in the 250cc class in 1999 when he finished in second place. He missed the German GP last year while still recovering from the injuries received in the crash at the Dutch TT.

Valentino Rossi, who won last year in Germany, has finished on the podium at the last fourteen races. This is the first time that he has started from the front row in Germany in the premier-class.

Sete Gibernau's eighth place finish in 2000 is his best result at the Sachsenring circuit. Fellow Spaniard Carlos Checa is seventh place on the grid and top Yamaha qualifier. Checa has been the first Yamaha rider home in the last three races.

Shinya Nakano, Valentino Rossi and Max Biaggi are the only three riders in the premier-class who have scored at each of the first eight races of the year. Nakano's third place finish in Germany in 2001 is his only podium finish in the premier class

Tags:
MotoGP, 2003, Cinzano Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland

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