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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 fourth time in 2006. No other rider has had more than a single pole this season.

· Pedrosa is the first rider to qualify on pole at four races in his rookie season since Freddie Spencer back in 1982.

· If Pedrosa wins he will become the youngest ever rider to take back-to-back victories in the class, a record that is also currently held by Spencer.

· Pedrosa's pole time is the fastest ever lap of Sachsenring by a motorcycle. The top nine riders on the grid have lapped inside Max Biaggi's previous pole record lap from 2004.

· Kenny Roberts, who won this race in 1999, has qualified in his best grid position since taking pole for the Rio GP in 2004.

· Nicky Hayden will be starting from the front row for just the second time in 2006, his other being at the Turkish GP.

· This is the only circuit at which Hayden finished on the podium in both 2004 and 2005.

· For the first time this year all of the riders on the front row are using Michelin tyres.

· Loris Capirossi's only podium at the Sachsenring was in 1999 when he was second in the 250cc race.

· Marco Melandri has had three victories in the smaller classes at this circuit, including his debut win on a 250cc machine in 2001. · Sete Gibernau's second place finish here last year was the last time he stood on the podium.

· Valentino Rossi has qualified as the top Yamaha rider in eleventh place on the grid. From the ten previous occasions that Rossi has qualified outside the top ten in the class he has taken four podiums and one victory.

· Colin Edwards is starting from his lowest grid position since qualifying 15th for the opening race of the 2005 season at Jerez.


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