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Updated statistics ahead of the race

Updated statistics ahead of the race

Updated statistics ahead of the race

> For the first time ever in the premier-class of Grand Prix racing, Spanish riders have taken the top two positions on the grid.

> Sete Gibernau has qualified in pole position for the third time in his GP career, both other poles having been in South Africa, in 2000 and 2003.

> This is the first pole of the year for Honda in the premier-class.

> Gibernau's pole position time is the fastest ever lap of the Le Mans circuit by a motorcycle.

> The top seventeen riders on the grid have lapped faster than the previous pole position record.

> The top twenty-one riders on the grid have lapped faster than the existing lap record set last year by Noriyuki Haga.

> Max Biaggi has had two podium finishes at Le Mans in the premier-class, including winning the race in 2001.

> Carlos Checa has qualified on the front row for the second successive race.

> Valentino Rossi is off pole for the first time in five races and has failed to qualify on the front row for the first time since the Spanish GP at Jerez last year.

> Colin Edward's fifth place on the grid equals his best ever qualifying result in MotoGP, set at the first race of the year in South Africa.

> Marco Melandri's sixth place on the grid is his best qualifying result since he started last year's British GP from the front row.

> Shinya Nakano, who has qualified in 12th place, has lapped 3.285 seconds faster than the top Kawasaki qualifier at Le Mans last year.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, GRAND PRIX POLINI DE FRANCE

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