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Interesting facts ahead of the race

Interesting facts ahead of the race

Interesting facts ahead of the race

> Sete Gibernau starts from pole position for the fourth time in 2004. Gibernau's second place at Brno last year was his first podium finish at the Czech circuit.

> Alex Barros starts from the front row for the first time since qualifying in second place at the French GP last year. Barros has finished in the top ten in the premier-class at Brno on ten occasions.

> Valentino Rossi has qualified for the front row of the grid for the 50th time in the premier-class, in what will be his 74th start.

> Troy Bayliss, who is starting from fourth on the grid for the second successive race, finished in third place last year at Brno after leading for the opening ten laps.

> Colin Edwards' fifth place on the grid equals his best ever grid position, achieved three times previously in South Africa, France and Great Britain.

> Carlos Checa finished in fourth place as the top Yamaha rider last year at Brno, his best ever result at the Czech circuit.

> Nicky Hayden is the only rider in the premier-class to have finished in the top five at each of the last four races.

> If Max Biaggi should win on the Honda RC211V it will be the sixth different type of machine he has used to win at Brno, following previous victories on the 250cc Honda, 250cc Aprilia, 500cc Honda two-stroke, 500cc Yamaha two-stroke and Yamaha M1 four-stroke.

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

> Both Kurtis Roberts and Michel Fabrizio have qualified in their best ever grid positions in the premier-class. Although Roberts will not be racing, his 14th place was the best qualifying result so far this season for Proton Team KR.


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