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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, who starts from pole for the fifth time in 2005, will be aiming for his first podium since the German GP and his first win since Qatar last year. Gibernau scored his first ever victory at Valencia in 2001 when riding for Suzuki.

> Marco Melandri is starting from the front row for the ninth time this year and will be aiming to become the first Honda rider to score back-to-back victories since Sete Gibernau at Jerez and Le Mans in early 2004.

> Nicky Hayden has not managed to score a point in his previous two appearances at Valencia. If Hayden finishes in the top three he will become the only rider in the MotoGP class other than Rossi to finish on the podium at four successive races during 2005.

> For the second successive race all of the riders who have qualified on the front row are on Honda machinery.

> Carlos Checa will be starting higher on the grid than at any of his previous six visits to the Valencia circuit.

> Max Biaggi has qualified in his highest grid position since the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi.

> Colin Edwards, who is the only rider to score points at every race in 2005, has qualified as the top Yamaha rider for the first time this year.

> Valentino Rossi will be starting from his lowest grid position since joining the MotoGP class at the start of 2000. He has only once qualified lower on the grid in his previous 156 starts: his second race in the 125cc class at the Indonesian Grand Prix in 1996.

> Alex Barros needs to finish 13th or higher to become just the seventh rider in Grand Prix history to pass the milestone of scoring a career total of 2000 points.

> Shinya Nakano still holds the 250cc lap record at Valencia that he set on his way to winning the race in 2000.


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