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Interesting facts and figures ahead of the race

Interesting facts and figures ahead of the race

Interesting facts and figures ahead of the race

> Loris Capirossi starts from pole for the third successive race. This is the first time that a rider has started on pole at three successive races in the premier-class on a non-Japanese motorcycle since John Kocinski at the last race of the 1993 season and the first two races of 1994.

> If Loris Capirossi wins in Qatar he will become the first rider other than Rossi to win three successive premier-class races since Alex Criville in 1999, and the first since Agostini in 1972 to win three successive races on a non-Japanese machine.

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

> Valentino Rossi starts from the front row of the grid for the first time since the British GP in July. If Rossi does not win in Qatar it will be the first time since he joined Yamaha at the start of last year that he will have gone three races without winning. If Valentino Rossi does win in Qatar he will become the first Yamaha rider to take ten premier-class Grand Prix victories in a single season.

> Colin Edwards, who has scored points in every race since Qatar last year, has qualified in his best grid position since he was second on the grid at the French GP. This is just the third time in his GP career that Edwards has qualified in the top four places on the grid.

> After finishing in the top four at the first seven races of the year, Marco Melandri's best result in the last six races was fifth place in Malaysia.

> After finishing third in Malaysia, if Carlos Checa finishes in the top three in Qatar it will be his first back-to-back podium appearances since 2002.

> Nicky Hayden has failed to get onto the first two rows of the grid for the first time since the Portuguese Grand Prix.

> Toni Elias starts from his best qualifying position since he was eighth on the grid in China.

Alex Barros has qualified in 14th place on the grid, his lowest qualifying position since he qualified 16th for the Australian GP in 2003.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, MARLBORO GRAND PRIX OF QATAR

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