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A selection of facts and stats ahead of the Gran Premio bwin de España…

37 – With Álvaro Bautista being unfit to race, the Qatar Grand Prix was the first time in 37 years with no Suzuki lining up on the grid. The last time was at the 1974 German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring – a race which was boycotted by the top riders on safety grounds and had only seven starters.

28 – On race day in at the Spanish Grand Prix it will be exactly 28 years since the French Grand Prix of 1983 at Le Mans which was won by Freddie Spencer from team-mates Marco Lucchinelli and Ron Haslam; this was the first ever all Honda podium in the premier class.

25 – This will be the 25th successive year that a Grand Prix event has been held at the Jerez circuit since it was first used in 1987. Assen is the only other current venue that has been used consecutively for this length of time.

24 – Casey Stoner’s win in Qatar was his 24th in the premier class, which places him 7th in the all-time winners list alongside Wayne Rainey. One more win and he would equal the number of lifetime Grand Prix wins of Kevin Schwantz.

21 – Jorge Lorenzo’s second place finish in Qatar was the 21st successive race where he has finished in the top four. The last time he failed to finish in the top four was at the Australian GP in 2009 when he crashed at the first corner.

10 – Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira finished 10th on his Grand Prix debut in the 125cc class in Qatar. This is only the second ever GP point scoring finish by a Portuguese rider; the other was by Andre Nuno, who finished tenth in the 250cc class of the Spanish Grand Prix at Jarama in 1973.

9 – Maverick Vinales finished ninth on his Grand Prix debut in Qatar. This is the best result by a rider making his Grand Prix debut in the 125cc class since Scott Redding finished fifth in Qatar in 2008.

8 – Valentino Rossi is the most successful rider at the Jerez circuit with eight Grand Prix victories to his name; a single victory in both the 125cc and 250cc classes to add to his six in the premier class.

7.71 seconds – Nico Terol won the 125cc race in Qatar by 7.71 seconds, which is the greatest margin of victory in a fully dry 125cc GP race since Julián Simón won the German GP in 2009 by more than nine seconds.

7th – Valentino Rossi’s seventh place finish on his debut on the factory Ducati was only the fourth time since the start of 2002 that he has finished outside the top six in a dry race when he has not crashed and re-started. The other occasions were in Turkey and Czech Republic in 2007 when he had tyre problems and at the Dutch TT in 2006 when he was suffering from injuries sustained in a crash during practice.

7 – Spanish riders have won in the premier class on seven occasions at Jerez – Alberto Puig in 1995, Alex Criville in 1997, 1998 and 1999, Sete Gibernau in 2004, Dani Pedrosa in 2008 and Jorge Lorenzo last year.

5 – Jerez is one of just five current circuits at which Casey Stoner did not win during his time in the Ducati factory team; the others were Estoril, Le Mans, Silverstone and Indianapolis.

4 – Honda and Yamaha have each four victories at Jerez with their 4-stroke MotoGP bikes. Ducati have had a single MotoGP victory at Jerez.

3 – All three races at Jerez last year were won by Spanish riders; one of six Grand Prix events in 2010 when Spanish riders won all three races.

1.534 seconds – The reduction in the lap record time at Qatar for the Moto2 class, reflecting the improvement from 12 months of development time. The pole position time was reduced by 1.736 seconds and the race was 33.219 seconds faster than 2010.

1 – Casey Stoner’s third place finish in 2009 is the only podium finish at Jerez for Ducati during the 800cc era of MotoGP.

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