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MotoGP facts at Red Bull U.S. GP

MotoGP facts at Red Bull U.S. GP

MotoGP facts at Red Bull U.S. GP

• Yamaha riders have taken five victories at Laguna; Eddie Lawson in 1988, Wayne Rainey in 1989, 1990 & 1991 and Luca Cadalora in 1994. Cagiva won the 500cc race at Laguna Seca in 1993 with John Kocinski. Nicky Hayden's win last year was the first in the premier-class for Honda at Laguna Seca.

• History indicates that a good grid position is important to success at Laguna Seca; all seven previous winners in the premier-class have qualified in the first three places on the grid.

• With seven races remaining of the 2006 season Nicky Hayden leads Valentino Rossi in the Championship standings by 26 points. Over the last seven races of 2005 Rossi scored exactly 26 points more than Hayden.

• Laguna Seca is one of only two circuits on this year's calendar where Valentino Rossi has not won previously in the premier-class, the other being the Istanbul Park circuit in Turkey.

• If Dani Pedrosa wins at Laguna Seca he will be the first rider since Kenny Roberts Snr. in 1978 to win three or more races in their rookie season.

• Marco Melandri crashed out on the first lap of the USA GP last year after being down in eleventh place on the grid, his worst qualifying performance of 2005.

• Loris Capirossi is the only rider other than Nicky Hayden who has previously won a Grand Prix at Laguna Seca, having taken the victory in the 250cc race 1993.

• Four of the regular MotoGP riders have never previously raced at Laguna Seca; Dani Pedrosa, Casey Stoner, Randy de Puniet and Jose Luis Cardoso.

• Last year at Laguna Seca John Hopkins was the first rider across the line using Bridgestone tyres, finishing the race in eighth position.

• Colin Edward's second place last year at the US Grand Prix was his best result of the 2005 season.

• Chris Vermeulen won both of the World Superbike races at Laguna Seca in 2004.

• Three riders have scored points at each of the ten MotoGP races of 2006: Nicky Hayden, Colin Edwards and Carlos Checa.


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