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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 won last year's race at Brno after qualifying on pole. Gibernau's pole position time is more than 1.2 seconds faster than the previous pole position record set in 2003 by Valentino Rossi.

>The top fifteen riders on the grid have lapped faster than the existing lap record, set last year by Alex Barros.

>After finishing third in Germany, Nicky Hayden will be aiming to score back-to-back podium finishes for the first time in 2005.

>Loris Capirossi starts from the front row for the first time since the Chinese GP back in May.

>Valentino Rossi starts the race with a lead of 120 points in the Championship classification, the largest points lead ever after 10 races in any of the Grand Prix classes. A victory for Rossi at Brno will create a new record of becoming the first rider to score nine or more wins in the premier-class in a single season on five occasions.

>Yamaha are currently level with MV-Agusta on 139 premier-class Grand Prix victories. The only manufacturer with more victories in the class is Honda, which has 194.

>Marco Melandri is a three-time winner at Brno, having taken the victory in the 125cc race in both 1998 and 1999 and the 250cc race in 2002. A victory in the premier class would make him only the second rider to have won in all three classes at the current Brno circuit, the only other rider to have achieved this being Valentino Rossi.

>Carlos Checa has qualified in his best grid position since he started from third at the second race of the year in Portugal.

>Alex Barros, who finished on the podium at Brno back in 1998, crashed out of the race last year after setting a new lap record while battling with the lead riders.

>John Hopkins has qualified as the top Suzuki rider for the tenth time from the first eleven races of 2005. Suzuki have not had a podium finish at Brno since Kenny Roberts was third in 1999.

>Max Biaggi is the most successful rider at the current Brno circuit, having won the 250cc race on four occasions and the premier-class race three times.

>James Ellison, who made his GP debut last year at Brno, is the top Dunlop qualifier for the second successive race on board the Blata WCM machine.


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