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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

>Yamaha riders have taken the top two places on the grid for the first time since the Dutch TT last year, when Rossi qualified in pole and Checa in second place.

>Valentino Rossi starts from pole for the 27th time in the premier-class and for the second time in 2005.

>Rossi's pole position time is the fastest ever lap of the Le Mans circuit by a motorcycle. The top 12 riders on the grid have lapped faster than Max Biaggi's lap record set last year. Just 0.765 seconds separate the top 12 riders on the grid.

>Colin Edwards starts from the front row for the first time in his Grand Prix career, in his 36th GP start. Edwards' previous best qualifying result was 4th on the grid at Phillip Island last year. Edwards has scored points in 19 of the 20 races since Valencia in 2003.

>Marco Melandri starts from the front row of the grid for the third time in 2005.

>Sete Gibernau has won at Le Mans for the last two years, and this is the only circuit where he has scored two victories. If he wins the race then he will become the first rider ever to take three premier-class GP victories at Le Mans.

>Nicky Hayden will be aiming to score his first podium finish since the German Grand Prix last year.

>Shinya Nakano and Olivier Jacque will be looking to repeat the success of Ginger Molloy, who scored the first ever podium in the premier-class for Kawasaki back in 1970, when he finished second to Giacomo Agostini at the French GP in Le Mans.

>If either John Hopkins or Kenny Roberts finish in the top 4 places it will be the best result by Suzuki at Le Mans since Daryl Beattie was third in 1995.

>Max Biaggi has had five podium finishes at the Le Mans circuit, twice in the 250cc class and three times in the premier-class; including winning the race in 2001. That means more podium finishes at this circuit than any other rider has ever achieved. >Carlos Checa finished second last year at Le Mans, his only podium finish of 2004.

>Loris Capirossi, who won the 250cc race at the French GP at Le Mans back in 1994, has never finished higher than seventh place in the premier-class here.


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