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Interesting facts before the MotoGP race

Interesting facts before the MotoGP  race

Interesting facts before the MotoGP race

· Dani Pedrosa starts from pole for the third time in 2006. No other rider has had more than a single pole this year.

· The top fifteen riders on the grid have lapped inside the current lap record set in 2004 by Colin Edwards.

· Chris Vermeulen has qualified on the front row in dry conditions for the first time. This is the best qualifying result by a Suzuki rider at Donington since Kenny Roberts was second in 2000.

· Marco Melandri has only completed two race laps at Donington in the last two years. Melandri starts from the front row for the first time since the last race of 2005 at Valencia.

· John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen are aiming to score the first victory for Suzuki at Donington since Kevin Schwantz in 1994.

· Loris Capirossi is aiming for his first podium in the premier-class at Donington having finished fourth on three occasions.

· Randy de Puniet has qualified in front of his team-mate Shinya Nakano for the second time this year, the other occasion being in Turkey.

· Casey Stoner has finished in the top six in each of the six races he has finished in his debut MotoGP season.

· Kenny Roberts finished second at Donington last year, his only podium of 2005.

· Colin Edwards has scored points at the last 29 successive races.

· Valentino Rossi is starting from his lowest ever grid position at Donington. He qualified eleventh in 2001 and went on to win the race.

· Carlos Checa will be making his 166th start in the premier-class to move into second place in the all time appearances list behind Alex Barros, who has 227.


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