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Premier class grid under the spotlight

Premier class grid under the spotlight

The official statistics relating to the premier class grid for the 2014 Gran Premio d'Italia TIM.

- Marc Marquez maintains his 100% record of starting from pole in 2014. If he wins the race he would become the first rider since Valentino Rossi in 2002 to win six or more successive MotoGP races.

- Andrea Iannone is in second place on the grid, a great improvement on his previous best qualifying result in the MotoGP™ class which was eighth on the grid at Catalunya last year and in Argentina earlier this year. This is the best qualifying result by a Ducati rider since Casey Stoner was on pole in Valencia in 2010, and it is the best ever qualifying result for a satellite Ducati rider. It is also the best qualifying result for an Italian rider in the MotoGP class at Mugello since Rossi was on pole in 2008.

- Jorge Lorenzo, who has won at Mugello for the last three years, is starting from the front row of the grid for the third time in 2014.

- Heading the second row of the grid is Dani Pedrosa, who has finished second at Mugello for the last two years.

- Despite crashing during qualifying, Pol Espargaro will start from fifth place on the grid and will be aiming to back up his great result of two weeks ago when he finished fourth at Le Mans.

- Cal Crutchlow is in the final place on the second row, which is his best qualifying result so far in 2014.

- Bradley Smith is starting from the seventh place on the grid, with a lap time just 0.411 seconds slower than pole position.

- Andrea Dovizioso, who starts from eighth place on the grid, finished fifth last year at Mugello, which was his best dry weather result of 2013.

- Taking the last place on the third row is Stefan Bradl, who has finished fourth at Mugello for the last two years.

- Valentino Rossi, who is making his 300th grand prix start, is in tenth place on the grid, which equals his worst qualifying of 2014 which he had at Qatar when he went on to finish the race in second place.


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