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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

> Sete Gibernau starts from pole position for the fourth time in 2005. He will be aiming for his first podium finish since the German GP and his first win since the Qatar GP last year.

> Marco Melandri starts from his best grid position since he started from second at the Catalan Grand Prix.

> After finishing in the top three at the last two races, Nicky Hayden will be aiming to score podium finishes at three successive races for the first time in his Grand Prix career.

> For the second time this year Honda riders have taken all three slots on the front row of the grid, the other occasion being at the German GP at the Sachsenring circuit. Honda have not won a MotoGP race since Nicky Hayden took victory at Laguna Seca. If a Honda rider does not win in Turkey it will be the eighth successive race without a Honda victory, the longest barren run for the factory since 1991.

> Valentino Rossi has been the top Yamaha qualifier at all sixteen races this year. If Rossi wins the race he will equal Mick Doohan's record of twelve victories in a single season. It would also be his 54th GP victory in the premier-class equalling the number of career victories achieved by Doohan.

> Colin Edwards is now the only rider to have scored points at all 15 races this year. 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.

> Toni Elias starts from sixth place on the grid, his best qualifying result since moving to the MotoGP class in 2005. His previous best was seventh on the grid at the last race in Australia.

> Alex Barros, who celebrated his 35th birthday on the Tuesday before the Grand Prix, will be competing at his 42nd different circuit since he made his GP debut back in 1986.

> Max Biaggi will be starting his 200th successive Grand Prix event having not missed a race since the French GP in 1992.


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