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Dani Pedrosa: a dream come true

Dani Pedrosa: a dream come true

Dani Pedrosa: a dream come true

Dani Pedrosa's passion for motorcycles began, like many of the top current riders, as a small child riding pocket-bikes. By the age of twelve he had won the national championship in his native Spain, but a lack of funds almost curtailed his promising career before it had begun. However, a revolutionary search for fresh racing talent in Spain headed by former Grand Prix star Alberto Puig with funding from telecommunications company MoviStar gave the youngster the opportunity to prove himself on a bigger stage and he took it with both hands.

After responding to a national advertisement, Pedrosa competed in the MoviStar Activa Cup in 1999 and was one of the riders selected by Puig from hundreds of hopefuls to contest the 125cc Spanish Championship in 2000. Four pole positions from twelve rounds and fourth position overall was enough to convince Puig to select him as part of a three-man team alongside Toni Elias and Joan Olive to contest the 125cc World Championship in 2001. Still aged just 15, Pedrosa took two podium positions and finished eighth overall in his debut season. In 2002 he took his first victory with a stunning ride at Assen, picking up a total of nine podiums and six pole positions and finishing the championship in third position.

He started this season as many people's favourite for the title and has not let his followers down, combining mature and consistent points finishes with a string of clinical victories. For Pedrosa and Puig the dream is now a reality; Dani Pedrosa is the 2003 125cc World Champion.

125cc, 2003, Gran Premio Marlboro de la Comunitat Valenciana, Dani Pedrosa

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