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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

> Sergio Gadea starts from pole for the first time in his Grand Prix career. His previous best qualifying was fifth on the grid two weeks ago in Turkey and last year in Valencia. Gadea also had his best result of 2004 at Valencia, finishing in fifth place.

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

> Mika Kallio would become the first ever Finnish rider to win the 125cc world title if he wins the race and Luthi does not score more than two points. Kallio has failed to score points in any of his three previous visits to Valencia; he finished 16th in 2002 and crashed out of the race in 2001, 2003 and 2004.

> Thomas Luthi only needs to finish in 13th place or higher to become the first Swiss rider since Luigi Taveri in 1966 to win the 125cc world title. Luthi's 14th place finish last year is his best result from his three previous visits to the Valencia circuit.

> KTM are leading the constructor's championship by 13 points and will win the title if any of their riders finish fourth or higher. This would be the first time since Derbi won the title in 1988 that it would be won by a manufacturer other than Honda or Aprilia.

> Following his win at Turkey, if Mike Di Meglio takes the win in Valencia he will end a record sequence of fifty-four races without a rider in the 125cc class winning back-to-back races, since Arnaud Vincent won at Donington and then Sachsenring in 2002. The last Honda rider to win back-to-back races in the 125cc class was Masao Azuma at the last race of 2000 and first race of 2001.


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