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Interesting facts and statistics ahead of the race

 Interesting facts and statistics ahead of the race

Interesting facts and statistics ahead of the race

> Randy de Puniet starts from pole for the ninth time in his GP career, and for the first time since the Catalan GP last year. De Puniet has finished third in the 250cc GP at Estoril for the last two years.

> Randy de Puniet's pole position time is the fastest ever lap of the Estoril circuit by a 250cc machine.

> Sebastian Porto, who finished second at Estoril last year, has qualified on the front row of the grid for the seventeenth time in the last eighteen races; the only race at which he did not qualify on the front row was at the Japanese GP.

> Dani Pedrosa will be aiming to take three consecutive GP victories for the first time. Estoril and Phillip Island are the only two current Grand Prix circuits that he has raced on where he has not finished on the podium in his short GP career.

> Andrea Dovizioso has qualified on the front row in only his second start in the 250cc class. Dovizioso had his only DNF of 2004 at Estoril, when he retired with a rear tyre puncture.

> Hector Barbera has finished on the podium for the last two years in the 125cc class at Estoril, including his victory last year.

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