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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 second successive race.

> This is the first time that a rider using Bridgestone tyres has taken back-to-back pole positions in the MotoGP class.

> John Hopkins starts from the front row for the first time in his Grand Prix career.

> With both Hopkins and Tamada on Bridgestone tyres, this is the first time that Bridgestone riders have taken the top two places on the grid of a MotoGP race.

> Valentino Rossi starts from the front row for the tenth time this year.

> Rossi has finished on the podium at each of his four premier-class races at Motegi, including a win in 2001.

> Max Biaggi, who is starting at his 180th consecutive Grand Prix event, has twice finished on the podium at Motegi, including a win last year.

> For the first time this year Colin Edwards has qualified higher on the grid than his team-mate Sete Gibernau.

> Marco Melandri will be making his 100th Grand Prix start, becoming the youngest ever rider to reach this milestone.

> Melandri's fifth place finish last year at Motegi was his best result of 2003.

> Sete Gibernau has qualified 13th, his lowest grid position since the start of 2003.

> Gibernau's fourth place finish last year is his best result at Motegi.

> Loris Capirossi has twice finished on the podium at Motegi, in both 2001 and 2002.

> Kenny Roberts is the only rider to have scored two victories in the premier-class at Motegi having won in both 1999 and 2000.

> Nicky Hayden's third place last year at Motegi was his first podium finish in Grand Prix racing.

> Alex Barros has twice finished on the podium at Motegi, including winning the race in 2002 on his first ride on the Honda RC211V.

> The top eighteen riders on the grid have lapped faster than the existing lap record set last year by Valentino Rossi.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, CAMEL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, WUP

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