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Interesting facts before the MotoGP race

Interesting facts before the MotoGP race

Interesting facts before the MotoGP race

· The top ten riders on the grid have lapped faster than the pole position record set last year by Sete Gibernau.

· Valentino Rossi starts from pole for the fifth time in 2006.

· Since joining Yamaha at the start of 2004, Rossi has only once finished lower than second from the fourteen occasions he has qualified on pole; which was when he took fourth at Jerez in his second race with the factory.

· If Valentino Rossi wins the MotoGP title it will be the biggest comeback ever in the premier-class when there has not been an injury to a leading rider, overcoming a 51 point deficit to Nicky Hayden following the US Grand Prix.

· Troy Bayliss has equalled his best ever grid position in MotoGP, which came at Jerez in 2003.

· Bayliss finished third on his last race for Ducati in MotoGP at Valencia in 2004.

· Loris Capirossi, who starts from the front row for the seventh time in 2006, needs just a single point to equal his best ever points haul in the premier-class.

· Shinya Nakano's seventh place finish in 2004 is Kawasaki's best result at this track.

· Nicky Hayden is aiming to become only the second rider ever to come from behind and win the title in the final race. The previous occasion was in 1992, when Wayne Rainey arrived at the last round just two points behind Mick Doohan, who was still recovering from injuries sustained in a crash earlier in the season.


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