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Level-headed Pedrosa takes fame in his stride

Level-headed Pedrosa takes fame in his stride

Level-headed Pedrosa takes fame in his stride

Dani Pedrosa has made an excellent start to the new season, and on Sunday in Welkom collected the third podium finish of his career. Equally impressive was the fact that the Telefonica Movistar Junior team rider claimed his second successive pole of the season, and in doing so became the youngest competitor ever to achieve that feat. Those that have followed Pedrosa´s progress closely will not be surprised by the Spaniard´s rise, as the 16 year-old has been marked down a rider of great potential even before his emergence into the MotoGP arena last term.

Pedrosa´s talent was spotted when he was competing in the Movistar Activa Cup, and Alberto Puig who runs the Telefonica Movistar Jr team was instantly impressed by his smooth riding style. Last season, his first on the world stage, Dani was initially somewhat overshadowed by the performance of team-mate and fellow Spanish youngster Toni Elias, but as the season went on Pedrosa´s showings got stronger and stronger. The Sabadell-born rider claimed podiums in both Valencia and Motegi, and came into the new season as one of the dark horses for the 125 crown.

Despite the ever-growing interest in him both on and off the track, the youngster remains very level-headed and seems to take all the attention in his stride. ´I´m very fortunate, and I´m very grateful to all the people around me who help me. Telefonica, my whole team, and especially Alberto of course have made it possible to get where I am, but I realise that I must now continue to work hard in order to keep improving myself´.

125cc, 2002, Dani Pedrosa

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