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Interesting facts ahead of the race

Interesting facts ahead of the race

Interesting facts ahead of the race

> Andrea Dovizioso starts from pole for the eighth time in 2004.

> Dovizioso has finished in the top four in every race with the exception of Portugal, where he was forced to stop due to a puncture. If he finishes in the top four in Valencia he will set a new record for the 125cc class of fifteen top four finishes in one season.

> Following his victory at Phillip Island, if Dovizioso wins the 125cc race in Valencia he will end a record sequence of thirty-eight races without a rider in the 125cc class winning back-to-back races, since Arnaud Vincent won at Donington and then Sachsenring in 2002.

> After challenging for the world title earlier in the year, Hector Barbera has scored just 14 points in the last four races.

> Jorge Lorenzo has finished on the podium five times in the last seven races and will be aiming to take the first ever victory at the Valencia circuit for the Derbi factory.

> Gino Borsoi has qualified on the front row for the first time since Suzuka 2002.

> Sergio Gadea starts from his best ever grid position having qualified in fifth; his previous best being 14th on the grid at the previous race in Australia.

> Casey Stoner scored his first ever victory last year at Valencia.

> With the rule change for next year limiting the age of riders in the 125cc class to 28 years old, there will be several competitors having their last outing in the class at Valencia, including Mirko Giansanti, Stefano Perugini, Roberto Locatelli, Steve Jenkner, Gino Borsoi, Max Sabbatani and Andrea Ballerini.

Tags:
125cc, 2004, GRAN PREMIO MARLBORO DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, WUP

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