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Pedrosa so close to 125cc Championship glory

Pedrosa so close to 125cc Championship glory

Pedrosa so close to 125cc Championship glory

Dani Pedrosa will lift the 125cc World Championship on Sunday if he scores eleven points more than closest challenger Stefano Perugini.

The 18 year old suffered bitter disappointment at Motegi when a screw came loose in his steering damper, forcing him to relinquish a 4.5 second lead with just six laps to go and settle for sixth place. A win would have most likely set Pedrosa up for the title but with Perugini taking advantage of the teenager's misfortune to snatch fourth, the Spaniard will be hoping the unpredictable and competitive nature of the 125cc class will swing in his favour this weekend.

Victory for Hector Barbera in Japan (his second of the year) extended a record run of twenty races in the category without a back-to-back winner - a record the likes of Casey Stoner, Andrea Dovizioso and Alex De Angelis would all like to extend having taken several podium positions this season without winning a race.

If Pedrosa inherits the number one plate this Sunday then he will be the second youngest ever to do so, behind Italian Loris Capirossi. If the Honda man can win for the first time since Brno (bearing in mind that he had missed the podium in the last three races) then he only needs Perugini to cross the finish line fourth or lower to be triumphant.

Pedrosa could walk away with the rider's crown but if any of Aprilia's riders claim a top four berth this weekend then the Italians will seal the constructors title for the second year in succession and fourth time in total.

125cc, 2003, Marlboro Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Dani Pedrosa

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