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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

>Loris Capirossi has qualified on pole at back-to-back races for the first time in the premier class. If Capirossi wins the race it will be the first back-to-back victories in the MotoGP class for himself, Ducati and Bridgestone.

>Loris Capirossi's pole position time is the fastest ever lap around the Sepang circuit by a motorcycle. The top twelve riders have lapped faster than the current lap record set last year by Valentino Rossi.

>For the second successive race, Bridgestone have two riders on the front row of the grid.

>The first four riders on the grid are each on a motorcycle from a different manufacturer. This is the first time this has occurred since the Australian GP in 2000 when Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha and Aprilia each had a rider in the top four on the grid.

>Sete Gibernau has qualified on the front row of the grid for the tenth time in 2005. He has had more front row starts this year than any other rider in the MotoGP class.

>John Hopkins has qualified on the front row at successive races for the first time in his Grand Prix career.

>Shinya Nakano's fourth place on the grid equals his best qualifying performance of the year from the Dutch TT. Nakano won the 250cc race at Sepang in 2000 riding a Yamaha.

>Kenny Roberts, who took his debut GP win at Sepang back in 1999, has qualified in fifth place on the grid, his best qualifying result of the year.

>This is the first time that Suzuki have had two riders qualify in the top five grid positions since the Portuguese GP in 2000, when both Roberts and Nobuatsu Aoki qualified in the top five.

>Valentino Rossi has failed to qualify on the front row of the grid for the fourth successive race. If Rossi wins the race in Malaysia he will become the first Yamaha rider to score ten wins in the premier-class in a single season.

>Nicky Hayden has qualified on the front two rows of the grid at the last eleven races.

>Toni Elias, who won the 250cc GP at Sepang in 2003, has qualified in his best grid position since the French GP.


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