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Pedrosa looks to consolidate championship lead in front of passionate home crowd

Pedrosa looks to consolidate championship lead in front of passionate home crowd

Pedrosa looks to consolidate championship lead in front of passionate home crowd

As in the MotoGP and 250 classes, with the likes of Sete Gibernau, Carlos Checa, Fonsi Nieto and Toni Elias gunning for glory, another home favourite will look to delight the expected six figure crowd in the 125cc race at Jerez this weekend. Dani Pedrosa returns from the two `flyaway´ races as championship leader after taking his third career victory at Welkom two weeks ago.

It was a huge psychological boost for the Spaniard, who for the first time emerged from a typically combative last-lap scrap to take the glory. Both his previous wins had come after spending the whole race out in front, but Pedrosa has now shown that he has the bottle for a fight and he will be a tough man to beat in front of his home crowd.

$$$ One man not afraid of the challenge, however, is Pedrosa´s fellow 17 year old Andrea Dovizioso, who also came through clean from the Welkom skirmish to take second place with a daring manoeuvre on the final corner. It was a first ever podium for the young Italian, who is showing signs of being the surprise package for 2003.

Youichi Ui seems back to his best after leading the race in South Africa until that final lap, whilst promising Spanish hopefuls Pablo Nieto and Hector Barbera are looking to kick-start their seasons at their home track. With last year\'s winner Lucio Cecchinello also sure to be a major threat and his team-mate Casey Stoner gunning for a first career podium, the minor class once again promises to be an open and combative contest.

Tags:
125cc, 2003, Gran Premio Marlboro de España, Dani Pedrosa

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