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Interesting facts and statistics ahead of the race

Interesting facts and statistics ahead of the race

Interesting facts and statistics ahead of the race

> Makoto Tamada starts from pole position for the first time in his Grand Prix career; his previous best was second on the grid at the Pacific GP at Motegi last year.

> The top twelve riders on the grid have lapped faster than the existing lap record set last year by Valentino Rossi, with the top seven riders lapping faster than Loris Capirossi's record pole time from last year.

> Valentino Rossi, who has won for the past three years in Portugal, starts from the front row for the ninth time in 2004.

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

> Gibernau's fourth place last year in Portugal was the first time he had ever finished a race at Estoril.

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

> Alex Barros' best result at Estoril came in 2002, when he finished in fifth place.

> John Hopkins starts from his best grid position since joining Suzuki at the start of 2003. Sixth place also equals his all-time best, set in 2002 riding a Yamaha.

> Marco Melandri was the first Yamaha rider home last year in Portugal in seventh place.

> Previously Melandri had finished on the podium for three consecutive years at Estoril in the 250cc class.

> Kenny Roberts finished in second place in Portugal in 2000, the only time a Suzuki rider has finished on the podium at Estoril.

> Loris Capirossi, who has twice finished on the podium at Estoril, will be making his 100th start in the premier-class of Grand Prix racing.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, GRANDE PREMIO MARLBORO DE PORTUGAL, WUP

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