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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

> Casey Stoner has qualified on pole for the first time since the Chinese GP back in May. If Stoner wins the race he will become the first Australian rider ever to score three consecutive Grand Prix victories in the 250cc class and also the first Australian rider to win the 250cc race at his home Grand Prix.

> Jorge Lorenzo is starting from the front row for the eleventh time in 2005. If Lorenzo wins the race he will become, at the age of 18 years and 165 days, the youngest ever winner of a 250cc Grand Prix beating the current record which is held by Dani Pedrosa who was 18 years and 202 days when he won last year's opening race in South Africa.

> Alex de Angelis, who starts from the front row for the fourth consecutive race, finished second last year at Phillip Island which was his best result of 2004.

> Sebastian Porto has qualified on the front row for the first time since the German GP. Porto dominated last year in Australia wining the race from pole position and setting a new lap record.

> Hector Barbera's fifth place on the grid equals his best qualifying result of 2005 achieved at the second race of the year in Portugal.

> Dani Pedrosa has failed to qualify on the front row for just the third time this year. Pedrosa can win the 250cc title in Australia if he wins the race and Stoner fails to score more than a single point.

Tags:
250cc, 2005, POLINI AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, QP2

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