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Facts and stats ahead of the 125cc race

Facts and stats ahead of the 125cc race

Facts and stats ahead of the 125cc race

> Aprilia riders have taken two victories in the 125cc class at the Welkom circuit, with Derbi, Gilera and Honda having had one win each.

> There has now been a record 23 races in the 125cc class since the last time a rider took back-to-back GP wins (Arnaud Vincent at Donington and then Sachsenring in 2002).

> Andrea Dovizioso starts from pole position for the second time in his Grand Prix career, his other pole being at the French GP last year. Dovizioso finished on the podium for the first time in his Grand Prix career last year in South Africa, after also having started on the front row for the first time.

> Roberto Locatelli starts from his best grid position since he started on pole at the Australian GP of 2000, the year in which he won the 125cc World title. This is also his first front row start since he started the 250cc Malaysian GP in 2002 from fourth place on the grid.

> Mirko Giansanti makes his first front row start since the opening race of last year at Suzuka.

> Mike di Meglio, the youngest rider in the 125cc class, starts from the front row for the first time in his GP career. His previous best qualifying result was at the GP of Catalunya last year when he was in 15th place on the grid.

> If Casey Stoner should win the race he would be the first rider ever to take back-to-back victories in the 125cc class on machines from two different manufacturers.

> Youichi Ui, who started from his only pole of last year in South Africa, is the only rider currently racing in the 125cc class who has previously won at the Welkom circuit, having taken the victory in 2001 riding a Derbi.

> Julian Simon has qualified in the top ten for the first time in his GP career, his previous best having been 20th on the grid in Portugal last year.

Tags:
125cc, 2004, BETANDWIN.COM AFRICA'S GRAND PRIX

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