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Interesting facts before the MotoGP race

Interesting facts before the MotoGP race

Interesting facts before the MotoGP race

>John Hopkins will be starting from pole position for the first time in his Grand Prix career.

>This is the first dry weather pole for Suzuki since Kenny Roberts at Rio in 2004.

>Shinya Nakano has equalled his best ever qualifying result on the Kawasaki, which he achieved at Le Mans earlier this year.

>Colin Edwards is starting from the front row for only the third time in his MotoGP career, having previously done so at Le Mans in 2005 and Shanghai this year.

>Four different manufacturers are represented in the top four places on the grid.

>Nicky Hayden has finished on the podium twelve times in the last seventeen races since the USGP last year.

>This is the first time since the Italian Grand Prix at Misano in 1993 that the USA has had three riders qualify in the top four places on the grid.

>Dani Pedrosa's crash at Catalunya resulted in him failing to score points for only the second time in 37 Grand Prix starts.

>Chris Vermeulen scored three race victories at Assen in the World Superbike series, including a double win last year.

>Marco Melandri has finished on the podium for the last two years at the Dutch TT, in 2004 riding a Yamaha and last year on a Honda.

>Carlos Checa is starting from his best grid position of the year. This is also Dunlop's best grid position since Garry McCoy was fourth at Valencia in 2002.

>Alex Hofmann has starts from his best grid position since qualifying eighth at the Australian GP in 2004 riding a Kawasaki.

>Valentino Rossi's has equalled his lowest ever Grand Prix qualifying position, which came in his second 125cc race at the Indonesian GP in 1996.

>James Ellison's fourteenth place on the grid is his best ever qualifying result in GP racing.

>Sete Gibernau will be missing the Dutch TT after starting 112 successive Grand Prix races since the British GP in 1999, which he missed after a crash during practice.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2006, A-STYLE TT ASSEN, WUP

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