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Pedrosa looks ahead after Jerez disappointment

Pedrosa looks ahead after Jerez disappointment

Pedrosa looks ahead after Jerez disappointment

Under the spotlight of huge Spanish media interest and the expectation of 125,000 fans at the Jerez circuit yesterday, home favourite Dani Pedrosa was unable to repeat his first round victory in the 250cc race due to torrentially wet conditions which forced him to crash on the fourth lap. The Spanish youngster, who was running in third place at the time, admitted his lack of experience on the quarter-litre machine had proved costly but insisted he had already put the disappointment behind him and was looking forward to the next round at Le Mans.

"What can I say? Everything happened very quickly – it was an unexpected fall," explained Pedrosa, who was unable to return to the race and surrendered his early championship lead to Randy De Puniet. "I was riding really carefully because the track conditions were very difficult – covered in water.

"I didn't feel comfortable because the bike was sliding around a lot at the rear – I told myself to be patient and not take any risks because I am still learning how to ride a 250 in the wet, but it wasn't to be.

"I got a knock on my hand but the x-rays have shown there is nothing broken and it is just a sprain in my finger joint so it should just take a few days to recover. I've already put it behind me and I'm looking forward to the next race at Le Mans."

Telefonica Movistar Honda 250cc Team Manager Alberto Puig also welcomed Pedrosa's team-mate Horishi Aoyama back to the garage just a couple of laps into the race and admitted it had been a disappointing weekend for the whole team.

"Hiro and Dani's crashes were a real shame because they had both made a good start, they were riding well in the wet and they were up there in the lead group," commented Puig, who won the 500cc race at Jerez in 1995.

"Despite everything the most important thing is that they didn't hurt themselves. Dani's sprain is not major and he'll be fine in a couple of days."

250cc, 2004, GRAN PREMIO MARLBORO DE ESPAÑA, Dani Pedrosa

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