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Interesting Stats and facts ahead of the Pacific MotoGP

Interesting Stats and facts ahead of the Pacific MotoGP

Interesting Stats and facts ahead of the Pacific MotoGP

Honda riders have taken the top five places on the grid for the first time since the 1998 French GP at Paul Ricard when Doohan, Checa, Criville, Biaggi and Barros lined up.

Max Biaggi, who starts from pole position for the third time in 2003, has failed to finish at this circuit for the last two years; crashing on lap six while leading the race in 2001 and retiring from the race 12 months ago with tyre problems. Biaggi's pole position time is the fastest ever lap of the Motegi circuit by a motorcycle, more than 1.3 seconds quicker than the previous fastest pole time set last year by Daijiro Kato.

The top 16 riders on the grid have lapped below Alex Barros' existing lap record. The top eleven riders on the grid have qualified faster than last year's pole position time.

Makoto Tamada starts from the front row for the first time in his GP career, his previous best being fifth place on the grid at the opening race of the year at Suzuka.

Valentino Rossi starts from the front row for the 12th time this season. The only race at which he did not qualify in the top four was at Jerez when he started in 5th position. If Rossi finishes in the top three it will be his 19th consecutive podium finish. Only Giacomo Agostini has had a longer string of consecutive podiums in the premier-class, with 22 during the 1967/68/69 seasons.

Sete Gibernau starts from the front row for the seventh time this year. Gibernau's best result at Motegi was his fifth place finish in 1999. Nicky Hayden sets off from his best ever grid position; his previous highest was seventh at both Rio and Brno.

Loris Capirossi has failed to qualify for the front row for the first time since the British GP at Donington Park. Alex Barros' eighth place on the grid is his best qualifying result since the Dutch TT back in June. Barros has finished on the podium for the last two years at Motegi including a win last year on his first ride on the V5 four-stroke Honda.

Shinya Nakano and Valentino Rossi are the only two riders in the MotoGP class to have scored points at each of the first twelve GPs of the year.

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MotoGP, 2003

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