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Interesting facts before the MotoGP race

Interesting facts before the MotoGP race

Interesting facts before the MotoGP race

• Nicky Hayden starts from pole for the first time since this race last year.

• Hayden's pole time is the fastest ever lap of the Phillip Island circuit by a motorcycle.

• Hayden is the eighth different rider to start from pole this year, the others being Capirossi, Gibernau, Hopkins, Pedrosa, Rossi, Stoner and Vermeulen.

• Shinya Nakano is starting from the front row for the fourth time in 2006.

• Nakano's seventh place finish last year is the best ever result by a Kawasaki rider at Phillip Island.

• If Valentino Rossi wins the race, then Phillip Island will become the first circuit at which he will have scored six victories in the premier-class.

• Kenny Roberts Jr. has qualified in the top four for the fifth successive race.

• Colin Edwards has finished on the podium in World Superbike races at Phillip Island on eight occasions, including a win in 2001.

• Carlos Checa is starting from his best grid position since the last race of 2005 at Valencia.

• Checa's sixth place is the best qualifying result for a rider using Dunlop tyres since Garry McCoy was fourth at Valencia in 2002.

• Marco Melandri won the 125cc race here in 1999 and the 250cc race in 2002. A victory in MotoGP would make him the first rider to win in all classes at Phillip Island.

• Casey Stoner has finished in the top six on eight occasions in his debut MotoGP season. • Dani Pedrosa is starting from his lowest grid position since he was eleventh at Catalunya.

• Pedrosa has been the top scoring rider in MotoGP over the last six races, having scored 106 points to Rossi's 98 and Hayden's 95.

• If Loris Capirossi finishes in the top fifteen he will become the first rider to reach the milestone of 200 point-scoring finishes in Grand Prix racing.

• Casey Stoner and Chris Vermeulen are aiming for the first podium by a home rider in Australia since Mick Doohan won at Phillip Island in 1998.


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