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Interesting facts ahead of the race

Interesting facts ahead of the race

Interesting facts ahead of the race

> Sebastian Porto, who scored his first ever Grand Prix victory at the Rio Grand Prix in 2002, starts from pole position for the fourth time in 2004. > Randy de Puniet and Sebastian Porto have both qualified on the front row of the grid at each of the first seven 250cc Grand Prix races of the year. > Porto's pole position time is the fastest ever lap of the Rio circuit by a 250cc machine. > The top six riders on the grid have lapped faster than the record pole time set last year by Toni Elias, and the top eleven riders on the grid have lapped faster than the lap record set last year by Manuel Poggiali. > Toni Elias, who is starting from his best grid position of 2004, has finished on the podium three times in the last four races. > Manuel Poggiali starts from the front row for the first time since the French GP at Le Mans. Poggiali's win in Rio in 2003 was the last time that he stood on the top step of the podium. > Dani Pedrosa has failed to qualify on the front row of the grid for the first time in 2004. > Arnaud Vincent, the 125cc World Champion of 2002, is making his 100th Grand Prix start.

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250cc, 2004

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