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Pedrosa carrying fight to De Puniet

Pedrosa carrying fight to De Puniet

Pedrosa carrying fight to De Puniet

With Dani Pedrosa having notched up two victories in three races so far this season, the injury worries hanging over the heads of his compatriots Toni Elias and Fonsi Nieto will be a further boost to the 250 rookie's title aspirations.

Pedrosa was the one who started the season with doubts about his health after he shattered both ankles at Phillip Island last year, but with Elias recovering from an operation to solve an arm-pump issue and Fonsi Nieto having ridden the last race with a broken toe, Spanish fans will seemingly be looking to Pedrosa as the one to watch this weekend in Italy in 250.

Elias and Nieto have both announced they will be fine for the race, but undoubtedly the injury issues will present some kind of worry for the duo. The worry for the rest of the field is how they can stop the early pacesetters Pedrosa and championship leader Randy de Puniet.

De Puniet has finished second in each of the opening three rounds whilst Pedrosa lies second in the standings with two wins, sandwiching a wet win for Roby Rolfo at Jerez. The pair lead the World Championship with the Frenchman ten points clear of the Spaniard before a further sixteen-point gap to third-placed Fonsi Nieto.

It seems that Rolfo remains the biggest chance of a home success in the quarter-litre race in Italy, although Manuel Poggiali would also be a popular winner, the reigning World Champion sure to have a huge following from his nearby home nation of San Marino as he looks to repeat his victory from last season.

Poggiali by his own admission however is having a nightmare opening to the season and it remains to be seen whether he can finally put things together in front of a ‘virtually' home crowd.

250cc, 2004, GRAN PREMIO CINZANO D'ITALIA, Dani Pedrosa

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