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Facts and stats ahead of the 250cc race

Facts and stats ahead of the 250cc race

Facts and stats ahead of the 250cc race

> Aprilia riders have taken three victories in the 250cc class at the Welkom circuit, with Yamaha and Honda having one win each.

> Randy de Puniet starts from pole position for the seventh time in his GP career. Having won the final race of last year in Valencia, if De Puniet should win the race he will be the first French rider to win back-to-back races in the 250cc class since Christian Sarron back in 1984.

> De Puniet's lap time is the fastest ever lap of the Welkom circuit by a 250cc machine, being 0.947 seconds faster than the previous best pole time which he set last year. The top seven riders on the grid have lapped faster than the existing lap record set last year by Poggiali.

> Manuel Poggiali has won for the last two years in South Africa, the 125cc race in 2002 and the 250cc GP last year, setting new lap records on each occasion.

> Roberto Rolfo has scored points in 22 consecutive races since he crashed out of the Czech GP in 2002 while battling for the lead with less than two laps to go.

> Dani Pedrosa, who won the 125cc GP last year in South Africa, makes his debut in the 250cc class and would be the youngest ever winner of a 250cc GP should he take the race victory.

> Eric Bataille, who has qualified in a best ever eighth place on the grid, celebrates his 23rd birthday on the day of the South African Grand Prix.


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