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Record books re-written at opening round

Record books re-written at opening round

Record books re-written at opening round

The MotoGP race at Jerez was significant in many ways in terms of records and milestones:

· Loris Capirossi's victory means that he leads the MotoGP championship for the first time in his career.

· Capirossi's win also means that Ducati are leading the constructor's championship for the very first time.

· This was the maiden victory at Jerez in MotoGP for both Ducati and Bridgestone.

· For the second time in the MotoGP class Loris Capirossi made a clean sweep of race win, pole position and fastest lap of the race, the other occasion being in Japan last year. Only three other riders have achieved this since the four-stoke machines were introduced at the start of 2002; Valentino Rossi (17 times), Makoto Tamada at the Japanese GP in 2004 and Alex Barros in Portugal last year.

· Dani Pedrosa's second place was the first podium finish in the premier-class for a rider making his debut since the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka in 1998 when two riders making their first start in the premier-class finished inside the top three; Max Biaggi who won the race and Noriyuki Haga who was third.

· For the first time ever Bridgestone riders took the top three places on the grid.

· Ducati riders started from one-two on the grid for only the second time ever in the premier class, the previous occasion was also at Jerez, in 2003 with Capirossi and Troy Bayliss.

- Jerez was the first time since the Italian GP at Misano in 1993 that Honda had no representative on the front row of the grid for a premier-class Grand Prix.

MotoGP, 2006

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