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Pedrosa surprising himself

Pedrosa surprising himself

Pedrosa surprising himself

Dani Pedrosa admitted he had surprised even himself with his rapid transition to the 250cc class after taking his second win from the first three races at Le Mans last week. The young Spaniard started the Grand Prix Polini de France as an outside hope, with Aprilia pacesetters Randy De Puniet and Sebastian Porto expected to carry their excellent qualifying form into the race.

However, Pedrosa set a scorching pace to finish with an eight second lead over the Frenchman as the Argentinean faltered, another maximum points haul moving him up to second place behind De Puniet in the championship.

"It is fantastic because this is only my third race in 250 and I'm back on the podium," commented Pedrosa. "I wasn't expecting Porto to get such a bad start – he tried to come back but we were already gone. I thought there would be three of us at the front – myself, De Puniet and Porto – but once I got that start I just got my head down and set my rhythm."

The Telefónica Movistar Honda rider is now just ten points off the championship lead, a statistic he puts down to the hard work of his whole team. "It was a long hard race but the bike performed superbly all weekend – it has been consistent and fast. I have to thanks the team for that because they got the bike working perfectly and they are all giving everything so that I can do my bit and challenge at the top."

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250cc, 2004, Dani Pedrosa

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