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MotoGP Sunday Guide

MotoGP Sunday Guide

A selection of key points from the motogp.com statisticians ahead of Sundays premier class race at Sepang.

A selection of key points from the motogp.com statisticians ahead of Sundays premier class race at Sepang.

- Dani Pedrosa starts from pole for the third successive race and for the fourth time in 2007. He is the first Honda rider to have three successive poles since Sete Gibernau in 2004.

- If Casey Stoner finishes in the top fifteen he will equal the record of 17 point-scoring finishes in a single season set by Colin Edwards in 2005.

- Stoner or Pedrosa could become the first rider to win in all three classes at the Sepang circuit.

- Marco Melandri has qualified on the front row for only the second time this year the other was at the Sachsenring. Sepang is one of only two circuits on the current GP calendar where Melandri has not had a podium finish in any class of GP racing, the other being Misano.

- Both Randy de Puniet and Anthony West will be aiming to improve on the previous best Kawasaki result at Sepang of eighth place. This is only the second time that Kawasaki has had both riders in the top five places on the grid the other occasion was at the French GP last year.

- Anthony West will be starting from his best ever grid position since moving up to the MotoGP class.

- Nicky Hayden, who has finished fourth on each of his previous four visits to Sepang, is starting from his lowest grid position since the German Grand Prix.

- Chris Vermeulen has qualified in his best grid position since he was third on the grid at Laguna Seca.

- Toni Elias had three podium finishes at Sepang when riding in the 250cc class, including a win in 2003 after qualifying on pole position.

- Valentino Rossi has qualified in his lowest grid position since he was eleventh on the grid at the Dutch TT.

- If Rossi finishes in the top three he will be the first rider to reach the milestone of 100 podium finishes in the premier-class.

- The last time that Rossi did not finish on the podium at Sepang was his second-ever race in the top class in 2000, when he crashed out on lap four.

- The first three rows of the grid are covered by just 0.589s.

- John Hopkins sixth place finish last year is the best result for the four-stroke Suzuki MotoGP machine in Malaysia.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, POLINI MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX

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