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Interesting facts ahead of the race

Interesting facts ahead of the race

Interesting facts ahead of the race

- Nicky Hayden qualified on pole for the first time outside of his home country, on the day he celebrated his 24th birthday.

- The top fourteen riders on the grid have qualified within one second of the pole time.

- Honda riders have qualified in all of the top three grid positions for the first time since the Pacific Grand Prix at Motegi in 2003.

- Sete Gibernau will be starting from the front row of the grid for the eighth time this year.

- After finishing third at Donington, Alex Barros will be aiming to score back-to-back podium finishes for the first time since 2002.

- Valentino Rossi, who is making his 150th Grand Prix start, has failed to qualify on the front row for the first time since he was sixth on the grid at the Chinese Grand Prix. The German GP last year was the last time that Rossi has finished a race and not been on the podium.

- If Valentino Rossi wins the race it will be his 76th Grand Prix victory equalling the number of GP wins of Mike Hailwood. Only two riders have scored more GP victories, Angel Nieto with 90 wins and Giacomo Agostini with 122.

- Marco Melandri, who has won on both 125cc and 250cc machines at the Sachsenring, has crashed out of the race on both his previous appearances on a MotoGP machine at the circuit.

- Max Biaggi's victory last year in Germany was the last time he stood on the top step of the podium and if he does not win the race it will be his eighteenth successive race without a victory, which will be his longest barren spell since he made his GP debut in 1992.

- Colin Edwards, Loris Capirossi and Valentino Rossi are the only three riders in the premier-class to have scored points at each of the first nine races of 2005.

- Kenny Roberts, who won at the Sachsenring in 1999, is the top Suzuki qualifier for the first time this year.

- If a Yamaha rider wins the race it will be their 139th victory in the premier-class, which will place them in equal second place with MV-Agusta in terms of premier-class GP victories. Honda tops this list with 194 premier-class GP victories.

- Carlos Checa, who finished second at the Sachsenring in 2001, will be making his 150th Grand Prix start in the premier-class.


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