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Interesting facts ahead of the race

Interesting facts ahead of the race

Interesting facts ahead of the race

> Sebastian Porto starts from pole position for the ninth time in 2004.

> The only GP at which Porto has not started on the front row was the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi.

> Porto's pole position time is the fastest ever lap of the Phillip Island circuit by a 250cc machine.

> Alex De Angelis starts from the front row for the seventh time in 2004, his debut season in the 250cc class.

> Manuel Poggiali, who won the 125cc race at Phillip Island in 2002, starts from the front row for the first time since the Rio Grand Prix, a race he went on to win.

> Poggiali has scored a total of only 16 points in the seven races since the win in Rio.

> Dani Pedrosa needs to score just two points to become, at the age of 19 years and 18 days old, the youngest ever rider to win the 250cc title and also the youngest ever rider to win world titles in two different classes.

> Chaz Davies starts from tenth place on the grid, his best ever qualifying result in Grand Prix racing. His previous best was 12th on the grid at Donington earlier this year and Motegi in 2003.

Tags:
250cc, 2004, CINZANO AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, WUP

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