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Updated facts and statistics ahead of the race

Updated facts and statistics ahead of the race

Updated facts and statistics ahead of the race

> There has now been a record 39 races in the 125cc class since the last time a rider took back-to-back GP wins (Arnaud Vincent at Donington and then Sachsenring in 2002). This record is certain to continue at Jerez as Hector Barbera, the winner of the last race of 2004, has moved to the 250cc class.

> Marco Simoncelli starts from pole for the third time in his career having had his first ever pole last year at Jerez. Simoncelli's win last year at Jerez is his one and only GP victory.

> Mattia Pasini's second place on the grid is his best ever qualifying result. His previous best was third on the grid at Mugello last year.

> Thomas Luthi has qualified on the front row of the grid for the first time in his GP career. His previous best was 5th on the grid at the Dutch TT in 2003.

> Only three riders competing in the 125cc race have previously scored GP victories; Manuel Poggiali, Pablo Nieto and Marco Simoncelli.

> This will be the youngest grid ever assembled for a Grand Prix race with more than half of the riders still teenagers.

> Due to many of the riders from last year moving up to the 250cc class, of the riders who finished in the top 10 in the 125cc race last year at Jerez, only Simoncelli (who won the race) and Pablo Nieto (who finished ninth) are still competing in the class this year.

Tags:
125cc, 2005, GRAN PREMIO MARLBORO DE ESPAÑA, WUP

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