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Jerez MotoGP Sunday Guide

Jerez MotoGP Sunday Guide

A selection of statistics relating to Sunday afternoon's MotoGP contest at the Gran Premio de España.

A selection of statistics relating to Sunday afternoon's MotoGP contest at the Gran Premio de España.

- Jorge Lorenzo is the first rider since 1974 - from when full qualifying results are available - to score back-to-back pole positions on his first two rides in the premier-class. If Lorenzo finishes in the top three at Jerez he will be the first rider since Max Biaggi in 1998 to have back-to-back podium finishes on his first two appearances in the premier-class.

- Lorenzo's qualifying time is the fastest ever lap of the Jerez circuit by a motorcycle. The top eight riders on the grid have lapped faster than Pedrosa's pole time from last year.

- If Lorenzo wins the race he will be the fifth youngest rider ever to win in the premier-class after Freddie Spencer, Norick Abe, Dani Pedrosa and Randy Mamola.

- A top three finish for Pedrosa would be his fourth successive podium – the first time he will have achieved this in the premier-class.

- This is only the second time in the 60-year history of Grand Prix racing that Spanish riders have taken the top two places on the grid in the premier-class. The previous occasion was at Le Mans in 2004 when Sete Gibernau was on pole and Carlos Checa qualified in second place.

- Colin Edwards has qualified on the front row for the first time at the Jerez circuit. His third at Jerez last year was one of two podium finishes Edwards scored during 2007 – the other being at Donington.

- Nicky Hayden will be aiming to finish on the podium for the first time since he was third at the Czech GP last year.

- The last time that Michelin riders filled the top four places on the grid was at Donington in 2007.

- Valentino Rossi, in fifth place, is the highest qualifier using Bridgestone tyres. If Rossi does not win at Jerez he will have gone six races without a victory - his longest barren period without a win since he took his debut premier-class win at Donington in 2000.

- Randy de Puniet, who is scheduled to make his 150th Grand Prix start, has had a best result of 13th from his two previous starts in the premier-class at Jerez.

- Since moving to Ducati at the start of last year, Casey Stoner has only once qualified lower than his seventh on the grid - at the Japanese GP at Motegi when he was ninth.

- Andrea Dovizioso will be making his 100th Grand Prix start, including 49 races in both the 125cc and 250cc classes.


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