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Interesting facts ahead of the race

Interesting facts ahead of the race

Interesting facts ahead of the race

> For the first time ever in a Grand Prix race, all of the riders on the front row of the grid are under the age of 19.

> Hector Barbera starts from pole position for the first time in his Grand Prix career, his previous best having been second place on the grid in Catalunya earlier this year.

> Barbera's pole position qualifying time is the fastest ever lap of the Rio circuit by a 125cc machine.

> Andrea Dovizioso, who starts from the front row for the fifth time this year, has finished in the top four in all of the first six races of the year. The last rider to achieve this in the 125cc class was Kazuto Sakata in 1993.

> Dovizioso is also the only rider to win more than once in the 125cc class this year.

> Jorge Lorenzo's victory at Rio last year was his very first win in Grand Prix racing and made him the second youngest rider ever to win a Grand Prix after Marco Melandri.

> Following his win at the Dutch TT, if Lorenzo takes the win in Rio he will end a record sequence of twenty-nine races without a rider in the 125cc class winning back to back races, since Arnaud Vincent won at Donington and then Sachsenring in 2002.

> Mattia Pasini, who is in his debut season in Grand Prix racing, starts from the front row for the second time in 2004, the other being at his home race at Mugello.

> Andrea Ballerini has qualified in the top ten for the first time since the Grand Prix of Valencia in 2002.

> Youichi Ui's victory at the Rio GP in 2001 was the last time he stood on the top step of the podium.

125cc, 2004

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