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Facts and figures for Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix

Facts and figures for Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix

Some selected points of interest ahead of todays Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix race at Laguna Seca.

Some selected points of interest ahead of todays Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix race at Laguna Seca.

- Casey Stoner starts from pole for the third time in 2007 and the fourth time in his premier-class career.

- Stoner has failed to finish on the podium from each of his previous three pole starts.

- Stoners qualifying time was 0.378 seconds faster than the previous pole record here, set in 2005 by Nicky Hayden.

- Stoner is looking to become the first rider this season to win a race from the front of the grid.

- This is the first MotoGP pole for Ducati at Laguna Seca.

- The top fifteen riders on the grid have qualified within a second of pole.

- Dani Pedrosa starts from the front row for the sixth time in 2007.

- Pedrosa is aiming to take back-to-back MotoGP victories for the first time.

- Chris Vermeulens fifth place finish here last year was the best dry weather result of his rookie season.

- Hayden starts two places higher up the grid than last year, when he went on to win the race.

- Valentino Rossi is aiming to win at Laguna Seca for the first time. The only other current circuits where Rossi has not won a MotoGP race are Istanbul Park and Misano.

- Loris Capirossi and Hayden are the only riders on the grid to have previously won a Grand Prix at Laguna Seca, Capirossi having taken 250cc victory in 1993.

- John Hopkins starts from his lowest grid position (seventh) since round six at Mugello.

- Marco Melandri and Stoner are the only riders to have scored points at every race this year.

- Chaz Davies is the fourth youngest rider to race a four-stroke MotoGP machine after Michel Fabrizio, Hopkins and Stoner.

- Miguel Duhamel is the first Canadian to ride a four-stroke MotoGP machine.

- Rossi, Capirossi and Melandri are aiming to score the 200th premier-class victory for Italy.

- Honda are targeting back-to-back MotoGP victories for the first time since Hayden and Pedrosa won at Assen and Donington Park respectively last year.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX

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