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10 things you need to know before the Catalan GP

All the facts you need to know before the racing begins at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

1. Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) has qualified on pole position for the first time since Valencia back in 2016, which is his first pole since joining Ducati, becoming the first rider to qualify on pole position on both Yamaha and Ducati in the premier class.

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2. Lorenzo’s pole position is his 66th of what is his 275th Grand Prix start. He is now in second place on the list of riders with most pole positions in Grand Prix racing behind Marc Márquez (74).

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Lorenzo: "It feels fantastic! It's a really sweet moment"

3. After passing through Q1 for the third time since he stepped up to the premier class, Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) starts from the front row for the third time this year. He will be aiming to become the third rider to win a race after passing through Q1 along with Cal Crutchlow (Phillip Island – 2016) and Jack Miller (Assen – 2016).

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4. The winner last year at Barcelona, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) is in third place on the grid, which is his first front row start since he was also third at Sepang last year.

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Dovizioso: "We are in a place to fight tomorrow"

5. Heading the second row on the grid is Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), who has had just one podium finish in his last eight starts.

6. Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) is in fifth place on the grid which is the third successive time he starts from the second row on the grid. This is the best qualifying result of a Suzuki rider at this track since Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) was on pole position in 2015.

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7. Seventh on the grid, Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) is the most successful rider across all classes at the Barcelona circuit with ten wins: 1 x 125cc, 2 x 250cc, 1 x 500cc and 6 x MotoGP™. Each of these wins at this track came from the first two rows on the grid. 

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8. Tito Rabat (Reale Avintia Racing) completes the third row on the grid, which his best dry-weather qualifying result on what is 42nd Grand Prix start in the premier class.

9. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu), who has qualified in 12th place on the grid, is now the second of the five rookies this year to reach Q2 along with Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS).

10. This is the first time that Pol Espargaró (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), who starts his 200th Grand Prix race, and his brother Aleix, failed to qualify within the Top 12 on the grid at their home circuit, since they are both competing in the premier class.

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