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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 second time in 2006. From the thirty-one previous times that Rossi has started on pole in the premier-class, he has gone on to win on twenty-six occasions; a win rate of 84% from pole position.

· This week marks the 10th anniversary of Rossi's first win in Grand Prix racing, riding an Aprilia in the 125cc class at Brno on the 18th August 1996.

· Rossi's pole time is the fastest ever lap of Brno by a motorcycle.

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

· This is the first front row start for both Loris Capirossi and Ducati since Mugello.

· Kenny Roberts, who finished on the podium here in 1999, is starting on the front row for the third successive race.

· Nicky Hayden has finished on the podium on each of the previous six occasions this year when he has qualified on the second row of the grid.

· Shinya Nakano has been the first Kawasaki rider across the line for the past two seasons at this circuit, finishing in twelfth place on both occasions.

· Toni Elias is starting from his best grid position since he qualified on the front row in Qatar.

· Seventh place for John Hopkins represents the best qualifying result at Brno for a Suzuki rider since 2001, when Kenny Roberts was sixth.

· Colin Edwards has scored points at the last 32 successive races. The only rider with a longer run of point-scoring finishes is Mick Doohan, with 37.

· At the age of 20 years 325 days, if Dani Pedrosa wins he will become the youngest rider ever to win in three different classes at the same circuit, taking the record from Mike Hailwood who was 21 years and 75 days old when he won the 125cc, 250cc and 500cc races at the Isle of Man TT in 1961.

· For the first time this year James Ellison has qualified higher on the grid than his team-mate Carlos Checa.


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