Single cylinder facts & figures for round one

Sunday, 9 March 2008

The motogp.com statisticians offer you a selection of key facts ahead of Sunday evening's 125cc action at the Losail International circuit.

The motogp.com statisticians offer you a selection of key facts ahead of Sunday evening's 125cc action at the Losail International circuit.

- Bradley Smith starts from pole for the first time in his Grand Prix career. This is the first pole in any class for a British rider since Jeremy McWilliams in the MotoGP category at Phillip Island in 2002, riding a Proton. The last British rider to start from pole in the 125cc class was Chas Mortimer at the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps in 1972.

- If Bradley Smith wins the race it would be the first win by a British rider in the 125cc class since Chas Mortimer won at Jarama in Spain in 1973 riding a Yamaha. Smith could also become the youngest ever British rider at the age of 17 years and 102 days to win a Grand Prix. He would take the record from Alan Carter who was 18 years and 227 days old when he won the 250cc race at the French GP at Le Mans in 1983.

- In 2008 Gabor Talmacsi will be aiming to become the first rider to win back-to-back 125cc world titles since Haruchika Aoki in 1996. If he wins in Qatar it will be the first time that a reigning champion has won the opening race of the year in the 125cc class since Fausto Gresini did so in 1986.

- Mike di Meglio will be starting from the front row for only the third time in his GP career – his others were at Welkom in 2004 and at Mugello last year.

- Scott Redding has qualified on the front row on his Grand Prix debut. At the age of 15 years and 65 days Redding is the youngest ever rider to qualify on the front row for a Grand Prix race.

- Danny Webb, who is commencing his second year of Grand Prix racing, will be starting from his best ever grid position. His previous best was 25th on the grid in Malaysia and Australia last year.

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