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Stats to look out for at the Grand Prix of Turkey

Stats to look out for at the Grand Prix  of Turkey

· Qualifying in Turkey has resulted in the third closest grid of all time, with just 2.050 seconds covering all 19 riders.

· Qualifying in Turkey has resulted in the third closest grid of all time, with just 2.050 seconds covering all 19 riders.

· The last six MotoGP races have been won by six different riders: Melandri, Capirossi, Elias, Bayliss, Stoner and Rossi.

· For the second successive race, all of the riders qualifying on the front row are using Michelin tyres.

· Valentino Rossi starts from pole for the 37th time in the premier-class. From his 36 previous pole positions he has gone on to win the race on 27 occasions. This is the first front row start for Rossi in Turkey.

· The Istanbul Park Circuit is one of only three current circuits where Rossi has not scored a victory in the premier-class, the others being Laguna Seca and Misano.

· Colin Edwards has equalled his best ever qualifying result, having started from second position three times previously.

· Dani Pedrosa is the only Honda rider to have finished on the podium in either of the first two races of the year.

· Casey Stoner, who won the 250cc race in Turkey in 2005, finished in second place at the Istanbul circuit last year; his only podium finish of his debut season in the MotoGP class. · Loris Capirossi was the first rider home using Bridgestone tyres last year in Turkey, finishing in sixth place.

· World Champion Nicky Hayden has finished third on each of the two MotoGP visits to Turkey.

· Shinya Nakano will be making his 100th Grand Prix start in the premier-class.

· Marco Melandri has qualified in 14th place, the same grid position from which he won the race last year; This is also the lowest grid position on record from which a rider has gone on to win in the premier-class.

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MotoGP, 2007, GRAND PRIX OF TURKEY, WUP

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