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Interesting facts ahead of the race

Interesting facts ahead of the race

Interesting facts ahead of the race

> Andrea Dovizioso, who is starting from pole for the third time this year, is the only rider in all three classes to have finished in the top four at each of the first seven Grand Prix of 2004.

> The top thirteen riders on the grid have lapped within three-quarters of a second of the pole position time.

> Hector Barbera, who has now finished in the points at the last seventeen consecutive races, finished in 14th place last year in Germany after getting away in the lead only to be given a stop-and-go penalty for jumping the start.

> Following his win in Rio, if Hector Barbera takes the win in Germany he will end a record sequence of thirty races without a rider in the 125cc class winning back to back races, since Arnaud Vincent won at Donington and then Sachsenring in 2002.

> Steve Jenkner has had mixed fortune in the last couple of years at his home race; finishing on the podium in 2002, but crashing last year on lap eighteen when down in tenth place.

> Mirko Giansanti starts from the front row of the grid for the first time since the opening race of the year in South Africa.

> Pablo Nieto set a new lap record in Germany last year on his way to finishing in fifth, after being down in fifteenth place at the end of the opening lap.

> Marco Simoncelli starts from his highest grid position since he won the Spanish Grand Prix from pole position.

> Julian Simon starts from his best ever grid position, his previous best was tenth on the grid at the first Grand Prix of this year.


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