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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

> Dani Pedrosa has not had a podium finish from his four starts at Jerez. However, since crashing out at Jerez last year he has had fourteen consecutive top four finishes. If he wins the race he will be the first rider since Max Biaggi in 1996/97 to win the opening 250cc GP race for two successive years.

> Dani Pedrosa's pole position time is the fastest ever lap of the Jerez circuit by a 250cc machine, eight-tenths of a second faster than Porto's pole time from last year.

> Sebastian Porto has not had much success at Jerez; his best result at the circuit came in 2003 when he finished in sixth place.

> Casey Stoner has qualified on the front row of the grid for the first time in the 250cc class. Stoner finished sixth in the 250cc race at Jerez in 2002 as a 16 year-old in what was just his fifth Grand Prix start.

> Randy de Puniet has finished on the podium for the last two years at Jerez; second last year and third in 2003 after qualifying on pole position.

> The reigning 125cc World Champion, Andrea Dovizioso, will be making his 50th Grand Prix start. If he should win the race he will repeat the events of the past two years when the opening race of the year in the 250cc class was won by a rider making his debut in the class, having previously won the 125cc World Title.


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