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Interesting facts before the MotoGP race

Interesting facts before the MotoGP race

Interesting facts before the MotoGP race

>Dani Pedrosa's debut pole position in MotoGP is also his first front row start in the bigger class. Pedrosa is the third youngest rider on record to have started from pole in the premier-class of Grand Prix racing, after Freddie Spencer and Casey Stoner.

>John Hopkins has equalled his best ever qualifying result which he achieved at the Japanese GP at Motegi in both 2004 and 2005.

>Colin Edwards is starting from the front row for the only the second time in his MotoGP career, the other was at the French GP last year.

>There are two riders from the USA qualified on the front row for the first time since Rio 2004 when Hayden and Roberts both qualified in the top three.

>For each of the top three riders on the grid it is their first front row start of 2006, making it ten different riders who have started on the front row in the first four MotoGP races of the year.

>With Shinya Nakano qualifying in fourth place riding his Kawasaki, there are four different manufacturers on the top four places of the grid.

>For the first time since the Grand Prix of Argentina in 1998 there are no Italian riders qualified in the top seven places on the grid. Riders from Italy have won the last twelve races in the MotoGP class.

>Nicky Hayden's fifth place on the grid is his lowest qualifying position since the Qatar GP last year. Hayden has finished on the podium at the last seven races.

>Casey Stoner won the 250cc race in China last year having been in the lead on every lap of the race.

>Loris Capirossi's tenth place on the grid is his lowest qualifying result since he was eleventh on the grid at the British GP last year.

>Valentino Rossi has failed to qualify on the front row for the sixth successive race.


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