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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 for the fifth time in 2004.

> Gibernau's fourth place finish at Phillip Island last year is his best ever GP result at the circuit.

> Valentino Rossi, who has won for the last three years at Phillip Island, can guarantee winning the title by finishing in second place.

> If Rossi finishes in the top three it will be his 100th podium finish in all classes of Grand Prix racing in what will be his 139th GP start.

> Loris Capirossi starts from the front row for just the second time in 2004. He is the only Ducati rider to qualify on the front row this year.

> Capirossi has finished on the podium at Phillip Island three times in the last four years.

> Colin Edwards has qualified in his highest ever grid position in Grand Prix racing, in fourth place, having been 5th on the grid on five occasions.

> Makoto Tamada has scored 112 points over the last eight races; the only rider who has scored more points over this period is Valentino Rossi.

> After his third place finish in Malaysia, Alex Barros will be aiming to score back-to-back podiums for the first time since 2002.

> Max Biaggi has finished on the podium in the premier-class at Phillip Island on three occasions, including the only non-Honda victory at this circuit in 2000.

> Alex Hofmann's eighth place on the grid is his best ever qualifying result, his previous best was 11th place at Assen earlier this year.

> If any of the Honda riders finishes on the podium, then Honda will win the MotoGP constructors title even if a Yamaha rider wins the race.


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