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Interesting facts before the MotoGP race

Interesting facts before the MotoGP race

Interesting facts before the MotoGP race

· For the first time this year two Yamaha riders have qualified together on the front row of the grid.

· For only the second time this year riders using Michelin tyres have taken all three slots on the front row – the previous occasion being in Germany.

· Valentino Rossi, who has had four victories at Estoril, starts from pole for the fourth time in 2006.

· This is the first time that Rossi has qualified on pole at Estoril.

· From the thirteen previous occasions he has qualified on pole riding a Yamaha, Rossi has gone on to win the race eleven times.

· Colin Edwards has qualified in second place for the third time in his career - his best ever grid result.

· Nicky Hayden is starting from the front row for the fifth time in 2006.

· Hayden's current championship lead is the narrowest it has been since Catalunya.

· If Dani Pedrosa finishes higher than ninth he will achieve the highest ever points total by a rookie, taking the record from Valentino Rossi, who scored 209 points in 2000.

· Casey Stoner, who won the 250cc race last year in Portugal, will be starting from his best grid position since he qualified on pole at the second race of the year in Qatar.

· John Hopkins has scored points at the last twelve races and is the first Suzuki rider to amass more than 100 points in a season since the introduction of the four-stroke MotoGP machines.

· Shinya Nakano's eighth place finish last year is the best ever result for a Kawasaki rider at Estoril.

· After finishing fourth at the last two races, Sete Gibernau is aiming to finish on the podium for the first time since he finished second in Germany last year.

· Carlos Checa, who celebrates his 34th birthday today, has finished in the top five on four occasions at Estoril.

Loris Capirossi's third place finish in 2003 is the best ever result for a Ducati rider at the circuit.


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