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Giansanti and Pedrosa lead the Honda charge for the 125 crown

Giansanti and Pedrosa lead the Honda charge for the 125 crown

Giansanti and Pedrosa lead the Honda charge for the 125 crown

The 125 World Championship roadshow arrives in Welkom this weekend, with the South African circuit set to be the next scene for the intense battle between the constructors which began in Japan, where three different marques where represented on the podium, Aprilia, Honda and Gilera. The three will be hoping for similar success at the Phakisa Freeway. The Japanese factory, who are determined to reclaim the title they last won in 1999, will have been pleased with the early form shown by riders, Mirko Giansanti and Daniel Pedrosa.

With the second place finish he secured at Suzuka, Giansanti claimed the eleventh podium of his career. No other rider currently competing in the category has been on the podium more times, without having actually won a race. The Italian is not too concerned by the statistics though, preferring to concentrate his efforts on achieving the kind of consistency that will make him a genuine title challenger. ´I´ve led the Championship in the past, but lost it when I got injured´, recalls Giansanti. ´I´ve proved I can go fast, what I need to do now is to score well in every race´.

At Suzuka, Pedrosa became the second youngest rider ever to claim a pole position. ´The pole in Japan proves that we´ve got a good set-up this year´ stated the sixteen year-old, who eventually came eighth in the race proper. ´I don´t like racing in the wet, and so it was a good result for me. Now I looking forward to hopefully racing on a dry track here in Welkom´.

Tags:
125cc, 2002, Africa's Grand Prix, Dani Pedrosa

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