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Interesting facts and figures ahead of Sunday's race

Interesting facts and figures ahead of Sunday's race

Interesting facts and figures ahead of Sunday's race

> Gabor Talmacsi starts from pole for the first time in his Grand Prix career in his 75th Grand Prix start. This is the first time a Hungarian rider has started a Grand Prix from pole position since full pole position records became available in 1974.

> Tomoyoshi Koyama starts from second place on the grid, his best-ever qualifying in Grand Prix racing. His previous best was sixth on the grid in Germany earlier in the year.

> Mattia Pasini, who starts from the front row for the seventh successive Grand Prix, has not completed a race since the Dutch TT back in June.

> Marco Simoncelli has scored back-to-back podium finishes at the last two races for the first time in his Grand Prix career.

> Mika Kallio has failed to qualify on the front row for the first time since the first race of the year in Spain.

> Following his victory at Brno, if Thomas Luthi wins in Japan he will end a record sequence of forty-nine races without a rider in the 125cc class winning back-to-back races. Frenchman Arnaud Vincent was the last man to achieve that feat, winning at Donington and then Sachsenring in 2002.

> Julian Simon is the only rider in the 125cc class to have scored points in all ten races this season.

> The last five races in the 125cc class have been won by five different riders; Mattia Pasini, Gabor Talmacsi, Julian Simon, Mika Kallio and Thomas Luthi.

Tags:
125cc, 2005, GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN

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