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Interesting facts before the MotoGP race

Interesting facts before the MotoGP race

Interesting facts before the MotoGP race

• Chris Vermeulen starts from pole for the first time in only his 5th start in the MotoGP class. This is the second consecutive race that a rookie rider from Australia has started from pole. Suzuki will be looking to take their first win since the Valencia GP in 2001 when Sete Gibernau was onboard.

• Vermeulen's pole is the first for Suzuki since the Rio GP in 2004, when Kenny Roberts started on pole then riding a Suzuki.

• Nicky Hayden is the only rider who has qualified in the top six using Michelin tyres, all other are using Bridgestone. Hayden, who is making his 50th start in MotoGP, will be aiming for a seventh consecutive podium finish.

• Sete Gibernau will be aiming to finish on the podium for the first time since he was second in Germany last July.

• Loris Capirossi, who missed the race in Turkey last year, will be making his 50th MotoGP start riding for Ducati. If Capirossi finishes in the top fifteen it will be his 100th point scoring finish in the premier-class.

• John Hopkins is starting from his best grid position since he qualified third in Malaysia last year.

• Randy De Puniet has out-qualified his team mate for the first time in only his third start in the MotoGP class.

• If Casey Stoner wins the race in Turkey he will become the joint youngest winner ever in the premier-class, being exactly the same age as Freddie Spencer (20 years 196 days) when he took his debut victory at the Belgium GP at Spa-Francorchamps in 1982.

• Colin Edwards has finished in the points at every race since he was second at Qatar in 2004, a run of 23 successive point scoring finishes. Edwards has out-qualified his team mate Rossi for just the second time since joining the Yamaha team at the start of last year.

• Valentino Rossi, who is making his 100th start in the premier-class, has failed to qualify on the front row for the fifth successive race. The Istanbul Park Circuit is one of only two current circuits that Rossi has not scored a victory in the premier-class, the other being the Laguna Seca circuit in the USA. If Rossi finishes in ninth place or higher in Turkey he will become the top point scorer of all time in Grand Prix racing, taking the record from his great rival Max Biaggi.

• Toni Elias is making his 100th Grand Prix start including 48 in the 250cc class and 35 on a 125cc machine. Elias finished sixth in Turkey last year, his best result in his Rookie season in the premier-class.


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