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Interesting facts and figures ahead of the race

Interesting facts and figures ahead of the race

Interesting facts and figures ahead of the race

- Valentino Rossi starts from pole for the fourth time in 2005. In the previous twentyeight times he has started on pole in the premier-class he has gone on to win the race on twenty-three occasions.

- If Valentino Rossi wins the race he will become the first Yamaha rider ever to score five consecutive victories in the premier-class. A victory for Rossi would also make him the first Yamaha rider to take two premier-class victories at Assen.

- Sete Gibernau, who is making his 150th Grand Prix start, has qualified on the front row for the sixth time in 2005.

- Marco Melandri, who has won in both 125 and 250 at Assen, starts from the front row for the fifth time in 2005. Melandri has scored more points in the first six races of this year than he did throughout the whole of 2004.

- Shinya Nakano starts from his best grid position since he qualified in third at the Malaysian Grand Prix last year.

- Nicky Hayden has qualified in the top five places on the grid for the fifth successive race.

- Assen is the only circuit at which Colin Edwards finished in the top seven in each of his first two years in Grand Prix racing.

- For only the second time this year Loris Capirossi will not be starting on either of the first two rows of the grid.

- Assen is Alex Barros' most successful circuit; in addition to his victory in 2000 he has had four podium finishes at the Dutch TT, on three different makes of machine.

- Max Biaggi, who celebrates his 34th birthday on Sunday, has qualified three places higher on the grid than he did last year at Assen when he went on to finish fourth.


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