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Search for the ‘new Pedrosa' attracts 4,587 hopefuls

Search for the ‘new Pedrosa' attracts 4,587 hopefuls

Search for the ‘new Pedrosa' attracts 4,587 hopefuls

The search for the new Dani Pedrosa is on in Spain, where applications from 4,587 young hopefuls were received for the 2004 version of the MoviStar Junior Cup. Alberto Puig has already begun sifting through the long list of youngsters dreaming of a career in professional motorcycle racing through the initiative organised by Telefónica MoviStar in collaboration with Dorna, Honda and the Spanish Motorcycling Federation. Current 125cc World Champion Daniel Pedrosa has headed the campaign to find a possible successor to his throne, which has been advertised around Spain with the slogan "We are looking for the new Pedrosa".

Pedrosa came through the first edition of series, called the MoviStar Activa Joven Cup, in 1999 and has since become a role model for thousands of youngsters in his home country. His popularity and that of motorcycle racing in general was confirmed by the overwhelming response to the current project, which invited applications between the 15th January and 22nd February.

Alberto Puig and Dorna Sports will publish their initial selection on the 9th March in two major national Spanish magazines, Motociclismo and Solo Moto, which will be followed by two days of trials on the 15th and 18th March at Jarama. Twenty-two riders will then be chosen to contest the MoviStar Junior Cup – a seven race series which will visit Catalunya, Jarama, Albacete (twice), Jerez (twice) and Valencia. One major change for this season is that the youngsters will be riding Honda CBR 600 RR machines instead of 125s.

The outstanding riders from the series will then step up to the Spanish Supersport Championship with the Telefónica MoviStar Junior Team in 2005, with the aim of progressing to the World Championship the following season.

MotoGP, 2003, Dani Pedrosa

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