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10 things to know ahead of the PTT Thailand GP

A 50th premier class pole, Yamahas on form and Dovi primed for a victory attack... digest some great stats ahead of Sunday's race in Buriram

Qualifying day at the PTT Thailand Grand Prix certainly didn’t disappoint as Sunday is set up to be a classic premier class battle. Here are 10 things to know ahead of the first ever race in Buriram:

1. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) starts from pole position for the 50th in the class and the 78th time overall in his Grand Prix career.

Marc Marquez claims his 50th GP pole, fighting from Q1!

2. Marquez became the first ever rider to qualify on pole position after passing through Q1 since the qualifying format was introduced in 2013.

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Watch Marquez' pole-winning lap for free!

3. Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) has qualified in second, which is his best qualifying result since Brno and his fourth front-row start of the season.

Rossi: "Last week I started 18th, now I'm starting second"

4. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) has qualified in third as the highest-placed Ducati rider, which is his second successive front-row start after the Aragón GP.

Dovizioso: "We have the best speed for the race"

5. Heading the second row on the grid is Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), which is his best qualifying result since he was third in San Marino.

PTT Thailand Grand Prix: Q2

6. Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team), who led the Official Test in Thailand this winter, starts from seventh on the grid, which is his lowest qualifying result since he was 11th in San Marino

7. Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) is in eighth on the grid as the second-placed Independent Team rider. This is Zarco’s best qualifying result since he was third at Silverstone and his best in dry-weather conditions since he was the sixth-fastest qualifier in Austria.

8. Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing), who is leading the Independent Team classification, completes the third row on the grid as the second Ducati rider, which is his worst qualifying performance since he was 11th in Assen

9. After joining Q2 directly for the fourth time of 2018, Alvaro Bautista (Angel Nieto Team), who is scheduled to start his 270th Grand Prix race, has qualified in 12th on the grid.

10. Bradley Smith (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), who is scheduled to start his 100th Grand Prix race in the premier class, is the highest-placed KTM rider in 15th on the grid. Smith is set to become the fifth British rider to reach the milestone of 100 premier class starts along with Cal Crutchlow, Jeremy McWilliams, Ron Haslam and Niall Mackenzie.

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