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Facts and figures ahead of the race

Facts and figures ahead of the race

Facts and figures ahead of the race

Valentino Rossi starts from pole for the third time in 2005 and the 27th time in total in the premier-class, from which he has taken 22 wins.

Rossi is the first Yamaha rider to start from pole in the premier-class at Mugello since Luca Cadalora back in 1994.

Rossi's pole position time is the fastest ever lap of the Mugello circuit by a motorcycle.

The top 14 riders on the grid have lapped faster than Sete Gibernau's lap record set last year and the top 12 riders have lapped within one second of pole.

Gibernau's second place finish from pole position last year was his first podium at Mugello in eight starts.

Max Biaggi, who has finished on the podium at Mugello six times in the premier-class, has qualified on the front row of the grid for the first time since the final race of 2004 at Valencia.

Nicky Hayden will be aiming to score his first podium finish since Germany last year.

John Hopkins, who recently celebrated his 22nd birthday, did not start at Mugello last year due to an injury sustained at the previous GP in France.

If either Hopkins or team-mate Kenny Roberts finish in the top three it will end a run of 40 consecutive races without a Suzuki rider finishing on the podium, since Roberts finished third at Rio in 2002.

Loris Capirossi has finished on the podium at Mugello three times in the last five years, including a win in 2000 when riding a Honda.

Marco Melandri's seventh place on the grid is his lowest qualifying position of 2005.

Shinya Nakano still holds the 250cc lap record at Mugello, which he set on his way to winning the race in 2000 on a Yamaha.

Alex Barros, who won at Mugello in 2001, has qualified in his lowest grid position since lining up in 16th place for the Australian GP in 2003.


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