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> Dani Pedrosa, who won the 125cc GP in France last year, starts from pole position for the first time in the 250cc class.

> Pedrosa is the second youngest ever rider to start from pole in the 250cc class, after Marco Melandri.

> Pedrosa's pole position time is the fastest ever lap of the Le Mans circuit by a 250cc machine, 1.78 seconds faster than the previous pole record set by Fonsi Nieto in 2002.

> The same four riders; Pedrosa, De Puniet, Porto and Poggiali have all qualified on the front row of the grid at each of the first three races of the year.

> This is the first pole in the 250cc class for a Honda rider since Sebastian Porto at the German GP last year.

> Fonsi Nieto has qualified in 7th place on the grid with a time exactly the same as his pole position time from 2002.

> Randy De Puniet will be aiming to become the first ever French rider to win a 250cc GP race at the Le Mans circuit.

> Toni Elias' fifth place on the grid is his best qualifying result so far in 2004.

> Honda riders have taken nine victories in the 250cc class at Le Mans. The two wins by Aprilia riders have both come in the last two years.


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