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Interesting stats and facts ahead of the final MotoGP race of the year

Interesting stats and facts ahead of the final MotoGP race of the year

Interesting stats and facts ahead of the final MotoGP race of the year

If Valentino Rossi finishes in the top three it will be his 22nd consecutive podium equalling the all time record in the premier-class which is currently held by Giacomo Agostini, who grabbed 22 rostrums during the 1967/68/69 seasons.

This is Rossi's first ever pole at the Ricardo Tormo circuit. His pole position time is the fastest ever lap of the Valencia circuit by a motorcycle. Valencia is the only Grand Prix circuit currently in use where Rossi has not taken a win in the premier-class of Grand Prix racing. If Rossi should take the chequered flag he will set a new record points total for the premier-class with a total of 357, two more points than his own current record set last year.

If Rossi or Shinya Nakano or finishes in the top fifteen they will equal the record of Regis Laconi from 2000 of scoring points in sixteen premier-class Grand Prix in a single season.

Loris Capirossi, starts from the front row for the 12th time in 2003, is making his 200th Grand Prix start (89 x MotoGP, 84 x 250cc, 27 x 125cc). Capirossi's fourth place finish in the Championship is the highest Championship finish in the premier-class by the rider of a non-Japanese machine since John Kocinski was third in 1994 riding the Cagiva. Troy Bayliss won both World Superbike races last year in Valencia and finishing second to Troy Corser in both races in 2001.

Nicky Hayden starts from the front row for the first time in his Grand Prix career and is the only rider from the USA to have qualified on the front row this year.

Colin Edwards' seventh place on the grid equals his best previous qualifying result from the GP of Catalunya.

Alex Barros has finished on the podium for the last two seasons at Valencia including a win 12 months ago, which was the last time he stood on the top step of the podium. If a Honda rider wins the MotoGP race it will be the 15th victory of the year for Honda, equalling their own record for most wins in a season by a manufacturer set in 1997.

MotoGP, 2003, Gran Premio Marlboro de la Comunitat Valenciana

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