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MotoGP Motegi Sunday guide

MotoGP Motegi Sunday guide

The motogp.com statisticians pick out a selection of key facts ahead of the MotoGP race at the A-Style Grand Prix of Japan.

The motogp.com statisticians pick out a selection of key facts ahead of the MotoGP race at the A-Style Grand Prix of Japan.

- Dani Pedrosa starts from pole for the second time this year; his other having come at the second race of the year at Jerez.

- Pedrosa is aiming to become the first rider to win in all three classes at Motegi.

- Valentino Rossi is aiming to score his first victory at Motegi on a four-stroke and his 50th in total since the start of the new MotoGP era in 2002.

- Rossi is also aiming for his first back-to-back victories since Mugello and Catalunya last year.

- Nicky Hayden starts from the front row for the fourth successive race. This is his first front row start at Motegi.

- Randy de Puniet is the highest placed Bridgestone qualifier in fourth.

- Toni Elias, who has twice won in the 250cc class here, starts from fifth - his best grid position since the opening race of the year in Qatar.

- Anthony West starts from sixth - his best ever qualifying position in MotoGP.

- Loris Capirossi, who has won at Motegi for the last two years, is the top Ducati qualifier for the first time this year.

- Casey Stoner starts from his lowest grid position of the year - ninth. His previous lowest was fifth at both Jerez and Donington.

- John Hopkins (eleventh on the grid) has failed to qualify in the top ten for the first time this year.

- Shinya Nakano scored his first Grand Prix win at Motegi back in 1999 in the 250cc class.

- Chris Vermeulen starts from his lowest ever grid position in MotoGP, in 17th place.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, A-STYLE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN

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