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Interesting facts before the MotoGP race

Interesting facts before the MotoGP race

Interesting facts before the MotoGP race

· Valentino Rossi starts from pole for the first time since the British GP last year.

· From the 30 previous times that Rossi has started on pole in the premier-class, he has gone on to win on 25 occasions.

· The top seven riders have lapped faster than Sete Gibernau's pole record from last year and the top fifteen riders have lapped faster that the lap record set in the race last year by Rossi.

· Six different manufacturers are represented in the top seven places on the grid.

· Suzuki has two riders in the top four places on the grid for the first time since the Portuguese GP in 2000, when their riders were Nobuatsu Aoki and Kenny Roberts.

· This is the fourth time John Hopkins has qualified in second place, although he has yet to score pole position. This is the best qualifying result for a Suzuki rider at the Catalunya circuit since Kevin Schwantz was second on the grid in 1993.

· Kenny Roberts has qualified on the front row for the first time since the German Grand Prix in 2004. This is the first time that Team Roberts has had a front row since the same race in 2003 with Jeremy McWilliams.

· Fourth place for Chris Vermeulen, represents his best result from a dry qualifying session. His only other top ten grid position was when he was on pole in Turkey after wet qualifying.

· Shinya Nakano finished ninth last year at the Catalunya, the highest place finisher on Bridgestone tyres.

· If Loris Capirossi finishes in the top fifteen he will set a new record of 194 point scoring finishes in Grand Prix racing. He currently shares the record of 193 with Alex Barros.

· Nicky Hayden's fifth place finish last year at Catalunya is his best finish at the circuit.

· Hayden has finished on the podium nine times in the last ten MotoGP races.

· Casey Stoner's lap time for eighth place on the grid is less than half a second slower than the pole position time.

· Eleventh place for Dani Pedrosa represents his lowest grid position in MotoGP from a dry qualifying session.

· Sete Gibernau will be starting from thirteenth on the grid, his lowest qualifying position since the USGP last year.


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