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MotoGP Sunday Guide

MotoGP Sunday Guide

A selection of key statistics ahead of the Pramac Grand Prix of China MotoGP contest.

- Colin Edwards starts from pole for the third time in his MotoGP career – his previous two were in France and Great Britain last year.

- This is the first pole for the Tech 3 Yamaha team since Olivier Jacque was on pole at the German GP in 2002 on the two-stroke Yamaha YZR500 machine. The last rider from a satellite team to qualify on pole was Casey Stoner in Qatar in 2006 riding for the Honda LCR Team.

- Yamaha have taken four successive MotoGP poles for the first time since 2002.

- Valentino Rossi starts from his best grid position since he was second on the grid in Australia last year.

- Casey Stoner is the first Ducati rider to start from the front row this year. Stoner is the only rider to have taken more than a single victory at the Shanghai circuit – in the 250cc class in 2005 and in the MotoGP race last year.

- Jorge Lorenzo will be starting from fourth on the grid after qualifying on pole at his first three races in the MotoGP class.

- Lorenzo, who is celebrating his 21st birthday on Sunday, would become the youngest ever rider to take back-to-back premier-class victories by winning in China.

- Dani Pedrosa has finished on the podium at the last five successive races including two victories. Pedrosa´s victory in China in 2006 was his maiden win in the MotoGP class.

- Loris Capirossi is starting from his best grid position (sixth) since moving to the factory Suzuki team. Other than Indianapolis, which is being used for the first time this year, Shanghai is the only circuit at which Capirossi has not had a podium in any class of Grand Prix racing.

- In each of the four races this year the four Yamaha riders, Rossi, Edwards, Lorenzo and Toseland have all qualified in the top eight places on the grid.

- Chris Vermeulen has qualified in the top ten for the first time this year.

- Nicky Hayden will be starting from his lowest grid position (10th) since he was the 14th qualifier at the German GP last year.

- Sunday will see John Hopkins become the youngest rider to make 100 starts in the premier-class of Grand Prix racing. Hopkins´ third place finish last year in China was his first ever Grand Prix podium.


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