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Interesting facts before MotoGP race

Interesting facts before MotoGP race

• Valentino Rossi starts from pole for the 36th time in the premier-class. From his previous 35 he has 27 wins.

• Valentino Rossi starts from pole for the 36th time in the premier-class. From his previous 35 he has 27 wins.

• This is Rossi's first pole at Losail.

• Having already won on both 500 and 990cc bikes, Valentino Rossi, Loris Capirossi and Alex Barros all have the chance to complete a unique hat-trick with victory on an 800 today.

• In the first qualifying session for the new machines the top five riders have lapped inside the previous pole record set last year by Casey Stoner.

• The top seventeen riders on the grid have lapped inside the lap record set in the race last year by Valentino Rossi.

• Casey Stoner is starting from the front row of the grid for the first time since he was on pole here last year.

• Colin Edwards, who finished second here in 2004, is on the front row for the sixth time.

• Toni Elias is starting from his best grid position since qualifying third here last year.

• If Dani Pedrosa finishes in the top three he would become the youngest ever rider, at the age of 21 years and 162 days, to reach the milestone of 50 podium finishes in Grand Prix.

• John Hopkins has scored points at the last 14 races since finishing fourth in China last year.

• Loris Capirossi's third place last year was his first podium here and the first for a rider using Bridgestone tyres at this circuit.

• Randy De Puniet has failed to finish in three attempts here, after crashing out of the 250 race in 2004, retiring with mechanical problems in 2005 and crashed on the first lap of the MotoGP race last year.

• Nicky Hayden has qualified in his lowest position since he was 11th on the grid at Donington Park last year.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, Commercialbank GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, WUP

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