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Interesting facts before MotoGP race

Interesting facts before MotoGP race

• Valentino Rossi starts from pole for the third time in 2007.

• Valentino Rossi starts from pole for the third time in 2007.

• Rossi has not managed to win from any of his last four pole starts.

• Rossi's pole time is 0.585 seconds quicker than Dani Pedrosa's previous record, set last year on a 990cc machine.

• Rossi's pole lap is also 0.891 sec faster than second-placed rider John Hopkins; the biggest pole margin since the introduction of the four-stroke MotoGP rules at the start of 2002.

• Hopkins starts from the front row for the first time since taking pole at Assen last year.

• Hopkins is the first Bridgestone rider to start from the front row since the opening race of the year in Qatar.

• Colin Edwards, who starts from the front row for the third time in 2007, scored his only podium of last year at this circuit.

• Series leader Casey Stoner won the 250cc race on the first visit to China in 2005 after qualifying on pole for the first time in the class.

• Dani Pedrosa, who took his first MotoGP victory here last year, is the top Honda qualifier for the third successive race.

• Marco Melandri starts from his best grid position since qualifying third at Motegi last year.

• Randy de Puniet starts from his best grid position since qualifying seventh at Sepang last year.

• Alex Barros starts from his best grid position of the year.

• If Barros finishes fifth or higher he will become only the third rider ever to pass the milestone of 2000 career points in the premier-class.

• Alex Hofmann starts from his best grid position since qualifying ninth at Assen last year.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, SINOPEC GREAT WALL LUBRICANTS GRAND PRIX OF CHINA

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