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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

> Thomas Luthi starts from pole position for the fourth time this year. On each of the three previous occasions he has been on pole he has gone on to win the race. Luthi has not managed a point-scoring finish in his three previous visits to Phillip Island; he crashed out of the race in 2002, finished 16th in 2003 and was 19th last year.

> Mattia Pasini starts from the front row for the tenth successive Grand Prix.

> Following his win at Qatar, if Gabor Talmacsi takes victory in Australia he will end a record sequence of fifty-two races without a rider in the 125cc class winning back-to-back races, dating back to when Arnaud Vincent won at Donington and then Sachsenring in 2002.

> Marco Simoncelli missed the Australian Grand Prix last year after crashing at the previous race in Malaysia and fracturing his scaphoid.

> Championship leader Mika Kallio has failed to qualify on the front row of the grid for just the third time in 2005. Kallio has failed to finish in each of his three previous starts at Phillip Island having crashed in both 2002 and 2003, and retired last year with handling problems.

> Neither Aprilia nor KTM have won a 125cc Grand Prix at Phillip Island.

> Mike di Meglio finished eighth last year in the 125cc race at Phillip Island but was the first rider across the line to be still competing in the class this time around with the seven riders who finished in front of him either moving to the 250cc class or retiring from GP racing.


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