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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

>Sete Gibernau starts from pole position for the eighth time in his Grand Prix career and for the first time since the Australian GP last year.

>Marco Melandri starts from second place on the grid, his best ever qualifying result in the premier-class. Melandri has scored more points in the first two races of this year than he did in the final ten races of 2004.

>Loris Capirossi starts from the front row of the grid for the first time since the Australian GP last year.

>John Hopkins starts from fourth place on the grid, his best qualifying result since he was second on the grid at Motegi last year.

>Nicky Hayden will be aiming to get on the podium for the first time since the German GP last year.

>If Valentino Rossi finishes in the top three in China he will be the first Yamaha rider in the premier-class since Wayne Rainey in 1993 to have scored podium finishes at the first three races of the year. Sixth place on the grid is his lowest qualifying result since the Qatar GP last year. Rossi is more than one second slower than the pole position rider for the first time since the British GP in 2001 – a race he went on to win.

>For the first time since the Rio GP last year there are no Yamaha riders qualified in the top five places on the grid.

>Toni Elias has qualified just a quarter of a second behind Valentino Rossi in only his third ride in the premier-class.

>The 2000 World Champion, Kenny Roberts, will be making his 150th Grand Prix start, eighteen of which were in the 250cc class.

>Shinya Nakano is making his 100th Grand Prix start, which include 34 races in the 250cc class.

>Alex Barros will be aiming to take back-to-back wins for the first time in his Grand Prix career and in doing so would become the oldest rider to score back-to-back wins in the class since Phil Read in 1974.

>Max Biaggi, who has qualified down in 14th place on the grid, is starting his 200th Grand Prix race.

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MotoGP, 2005, TAOBAO.COM GRAND PRIX OF CHINA, WUP

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