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Interesting facts and statistics ahead of the race

Interesting facts and statistics ahead of the race

Interesting facts and statistics ahead of the race

> Honda have won the premier-class race at Mugello on fourteen occasions including the last eleven years consecutively.

> Sete Gibernau starts from pole for the fourth time in his GP career and for the first time ever in back-to-back races.

> If Gibernau wins the Italian GP he will become the first rider other than Valentino Rossi to score three consecutive victories in the premier-class since Alex Criville in 1999.

> Gibernau's pole position time is the fastest ever lap of the Mugello circuit by a motorcycle, a massive 1.705 seconds faster than the previous pole position record.

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

> The top nineteen riders on the grid have lapped faster than the existing lap record set in 2002 by Tohru Ukawa.

> Second place on the grid for Nicky Hayden is his best ever qualifying result in GP racing - his previous best was fourth place on the grid at the last race of last year in Valencia and at the first race of this season at South Africa.

> For the first time since 2000, Valentino Rossi will not be starting the Italian Grand Prix from pole position.

> The last time a Yamaha rider was victorious in the premier-class at Mugello was Wayne Rainey back in 1991.

> Alex Barros, who won the Italian GP in 2001, starts from his best grid position since he qualified in second place at the French GP at Le Mans last year.

> Marco Melandri, who won the 250cc GP at Mugello in 2002, starts from his best grid position since he qualified in third place at Donington last year.

> Max Biaggi, who won at Mugello on a 250cc machine three times, has never won a premier-class Grand Prix at the circuit but has only once failed to make the podium from six starts.

> Makoto Tamada finished in fourth place at the Italian GP last year after qualifying tenth on the grid and being back in 18th place at the end of the first lap.

> Eighth place on the grid for Loris Capirossi is the best qualifying result of 2004 for any Ducati rider.

> Kawasaki rider Shinya Nakano, in tenth place on the grid, has qualified more than one second faster than he did last year at Mugello when he qualified in third place on the grid riding a Yamaha.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, GRAN PREMIO CINZANO D'ITALIA, WUP

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