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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

Jorge Lorenzo starts from pole for the first time since moving up to the class at the start of 2005 and is the first Honda rider to set 250cc pole at Mugello since Helmut Bradl in 1991.

At the age of 18 years and 32 days, Lorenzo is the youngest ever rider to start from pole in the 250cc class, taking the record from Marco Melandri who was just 29 days older at the Rio GP in 2000.

Lorenzo's pole position time is the fastest ever lap of the Mugello circuit by a 250cc machine.

Less than half a second covers the top seven riders on the grid.

Casey Stoner starts from the front row for the fourth time in 2005, in what will be his 50th GP.

Andrea Dovizioso is the only rider in the class to have finished on the podium three times in the first four races of the year.

Alex De Angelis' fifth place on the grid is his best qualifying result since the opening race of the year at Jerez.

Sebastian Porto's victory in Italy last year was his first ever dry weather Grand Prix win in what was his 127th Grand Prix start in the 250cc class.

Dani Pedrosa has failed to make the front row of the grid for the first time since the Czech GP last year, when he qualified 13th.


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