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Interesting stats and facts prior to the 125cc showdown at Sepang

Interesting stats and facts prior to the 125cc showdown at Sepang

Interesting stats and facts prior to the 125cc showdown at Sepang

Jorge Lorenzo starts from pole position for the first time in his Grand Prix career. He becomes the second youngest rider ever to hold pole in the 55-year history of GP racing, beaten only by Marco Melandri, at the German GP at the Sachsenring in 1998 while still 15 years old.

Less than 1.5 seconds cover the top 21 riders on the grid.

Four different manufacturers are represented on the front row. This is the first pole for a Derbi rider since Youichi Ui started from first place on the grid at the Rio GP of 2001.

Dani Pedrosa starts from the front row of the grid for the ninth time in 2003. If Pedrosa should clinch the title in Malaysia he would become the second youngest rider to win the title after Loris Capirossi, who took the first of his two 125cc Championships in 1990 at the age of just seventeen. Pedrosa has scored only one podium finish in the last seven races, that being his win in the Czech Republic.

Mika Kallio's third place on the grid is his best ever grid position in Grand Prix racing. His previous best was fourth place on the grid at Assen in 2002. It is the first ever front row start for the KTM factory.

Casey Stoner starts from the front row for the first time since his pole position at the Italian GP. Mirko Giansanti is the only rider in the 125cc class to have scored points at all thirteen Grand Prix races this year.

Tags:
125cc, 2003, Marlboro Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix

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