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Interesting facts ahead of the race

Interesting facts ahead of the race

Interesting facts ahead of the race

> Valentino Rossi starts from pole for the fourth time in 2004.

> If Rossi fails to finish in the top three in the race it will be the first time he has failed to do so in three consecutive races since his first premier-class podium at Jerez in 2000.

> Rossi's pole position time is the fastest ever lap of the Donington circuit by a motorcycle, more than two seconds faster than Biaggi's record pole time from last year.

> The top nineteen riders on the grid have lapped faster than last year's pole position record.

> Sete Gibernau starts from the front row for the seventh time this year.

> Gibernau's second place finish at Donington last year was his first podium at the circuit.

> Loris Capirossi starts from the front row for the first time since the final race of last year at Valencia.

> Fourth place on the grid is the best qualifying result for Troy Bayliss since he qualified in the same position at his home GP at Philip Island last year.

> Colin Edwards' fifth place on the grid equals his best ever grid position in MotoGP, having also qualified fifth at both Welkom and Le Mans earlier this year.

> Nicky Hayden has finished in third place at the last two races, his first back-to-back podiums in MotoGP.

> Carlos Checa's best result at Donington was achieved in 2001 when he finished fifth.

> Following his victory at Sachsenring, Max Biaggi is aiming to score back-to-back wins in the premier class for the first time in his career.

> Colin Edwards and Max Biaggi are the only two riders in the MotoGP class to have scored points at each of the first eight races of 2004.

> Alex Barros, who missed the British GP last year due to an injury sustained in a collision with Yukio Kagayama in the morning warm-up session, has finished on the podium on three occasions at Donington.

> Nobuatsu Aoki will be making his 100th start in the premier-class.


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