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Updated facts and statistics ahead of the race

Updated facts and statistics ahead of the race

Updated facts and statistics ahead of the race

> Valentino Rossi starts from pole position for the fifth successive race. Rossi is the first Yamaha rider to score back-to-back poles since Max Biaggi scored five poles in a row in 2001.

> Rossi's pole position time is the fastest ever lap of the Jerez circuit by a motorcycle.

> The top eleven riders on the grid have lapped faster than the existing lap record set last year by Rossi.

> The top seven riders on the grid have qualified faster than Capirossi's pole time from last year.

> For the first time since the German GP in 2002, Yamaha have two riders in the top three places on the grid.

> Carlos Checa, who is starting from the front row for the first time since the Malaysian GP last year, has not had a podium finish since he finished second in Portugal in 2002.

> This is the first time since the French GP of 1998 (when Checa qualified second and Criville third) that there has been two Spanish riders in the top three places on the grid.

> If Max Biaggi should finish in the top three then he will become only the fifth rider in history to reach the milestone of 100 podium finishes in all solo classes of Grand Prix racing.

> For the second successive race Shinya Nakano has qualified in sixth place on the grid, with a time 2.244 seconds faster than the best qualifying time last year by a Kawasaki rider.

> Ruben Xaus has qualified as the top Ducati rider in just his second MotoGP start.

> Fifteenth place on the grid is the worst qualifying result for Loris Capirossi since he made his debut on the Ducati at the first race of last year in Japan, when he also qualified in 15th place.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, GRAN PREMIO MARLBORO DE ESPAÑA

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