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Polemen winless at last seven MotoGP races

Polemen winless at last seven MotoGP races

It is a generally accepted fact that, unless your name happens to be Mattia Pasini, a pole start puts you in a prime position to take victory in a World Championship race.

It is a generally accepted fact that, unless your name happens to be Mattia Pasini, a pole start puts you in a prime position to take victory in a World Championship race. This is certainly the case in the 250cc class, where the pole position rider has won the race at every Grand Prix thus far in 2007. The majority occasions this has been defending World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, with the only exception being Andrea Dovizioso's triumph from pole in Turkey.

In MotoGP, however, it is a different story. The last rider to win from pole in the premier class was Loris Capirossi in Japan last year, making it seven races without an unchallenged winner. If this run continues at next week's Gran Premio d'Italia Alice then it will equal the longest run of its kind in MotoGP, set in 1988 and equalled once previously in 2000.

A staggering 44% of premier class races have been won by the poleman since 1974 (the first year for which comprehensive records exist), making this current run something of an anomaly.

In an ironic twist, in the past seven races the poleman has finished second on four occasions (Valentino Rossi in Portugal, Qatar and China and Dani Pedrosa at Jerez) whilst the second placed rider in qualifying has been victorious on three occasions (Troy Bayliss at Valencia, Casey Stoner in Qatar and Rossi at Jerez). Perhaps the MotoGP field will be forsaking their Tissot polewinner watch for a better chance of victory at Mugello?

At the most recent Grand Prix at Le Mans, a direct switch between Colin Edwards and Chirs Vermeulen took place: the ‘Texan Tornado' finished twelfth from his maiden pole, whilst the Australian's twelfth place in qualifying brought him his first MotoGP win!

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MotoGP, 2007

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