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Interesting stats and facts ahead of the MotoGP race in Rio

Interesting stats and facts ahead of the MotoGP race in Rio

Interesting stats and facts ahead of the MotoGP race in Rio

Tady Okada still holds the lap record at Rio, set in 1997. This is the only circuit currently used for Grand Prix racing where a two-stoke still has the record. The top 20 riders currently on the grid have lapped faster than Tady Okada's existing lap record.

Valentino Rossi's pole position time is the fastest ever lap of the Rio circuit by a motorcycle, more than one and half seconds faster than the previous fastest pole time set last year by Max Biaggi. Rossi starts from pole position for the sixth time in 2003. Rossi has won twelve times from the sixteen previous occasions he has started from pole in the premier-class. If he should take the victory, Rio will be the only circuit at which he has won on each of his four visits riding in the premier-class. If Rossi finishes in the top three it will be his 18th consecutive podium finish. Only Giacomo Agostini has had a longer string of consecutive podium finishes in the premier-class, with 22 during the 1967/68/69 seasons.

Loris Capirossi, who starts from the front row for the tenth time this year, has had just one podium finish in Rio, in the 250cc class in 1999. Sete Gibernau's best result from five premier-class starts at Rio was fifth place in 1999.

Max Biaggi, who has finished on the podium three times in Rio in the last four years, starts from the front row for the tenth time in 2003. Shinya Nakano and Valentino Rossi are the only two riders in the MotoGP class to have scored points at the first eleven GP's of the year.

Nicky Hayden's seventh place on the grid equals his best ever position, which he achieved at the Czech GP. Tohru Ukawa has failed to finish in his two rides in the premier-class in Brazil, having crashed on both occasions.

Carlos Checa, who is making his 120th GP start in the premier-class, narrowly missed out on the win in Rio in 2001 and crashed out of the race last year while leading, having made his way through the field from 15th place at the end of the first lap.

Gary McCoy's thirteenth place on the grid is the best ever qualifying result for the four-stroke Kawasaki machine.

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MotoGP, 2003

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