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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

> Nicky Hayden starts from pole for the third time in 2005. Hayden will be aiming to score back-to-back podium finishes for the first time this year.

> Nicky Hayden's pole position time is the fastest ever lap of the Phillip Island circuit by a motorcyclist. The top thirteen riders on the grid have lapped within the lap record set last year by Loris Capirossi.

> Valentino Rossi, who has won for the last four years at Phillip Island, will be going for his eleventh win of 2005 to match his achievements of 2001 and 2002 when riding a Honda.

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

> Carlos Checa starts from fourth place on the grid, his best qualifying result since the Portuguese GP back in April.

> With Loris Capirossi not starting in Australia, Colin Edwards is the only rider in the MotoGP field to have scored points at all 14 races in 2005. Edwards will be aiming to finish on the podium for the first time since he was second at his home Grand Prix at Laguna Seca.

> Max Biaggi has finished on the podium in the premier class at Phillip Island on three occasions, including taking victory in 2000 after qualifying in 12th place on the grid.

> Toni Elias starts from seventh place on the grid, his best qualifying result since moving to the MotoGP class at the start of 2005.

> If Marco Melandri takes his maiden victory in the MotoGP class in Australia he will become the first rider to have won in all three classes at the Phillip Island circuit, having won the 125cc race in 1999 and the 250cc race in 2002.

> Shinya Nakano is the top Kawasaki qualifier for the fourteenth time in the fifteen races so far this year. The only time another Kawasaki rider has out-qualified Nakano was at the Japanese GP when Alex Hofmann was two places higher on the grid.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, POLINI AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, QP

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