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De Puniet snatches glory from Pedrosa

De Puniet snatches glory from Pedrosa

De Puniet snatches glory from Pedrosa

There was an intense head-to-head in the 250cc race which mirrored the MotoGP battle and, unfortunately for the home crowd, fortune also swayed away from their local favourite.

125cc World Champion Dani Pedrosa took an enthralling challenge to series leader Randy De Puniet which went down to a tense last lap, the Frenchman winning out with an aggressive late braking manoeuvre just four corners from the end to take victory by just 0.109 seconds.

Toni Elias, who like Pedrosa was born just a few kilometres from the Montmeló circuit, rode to a lonely third to clinch the final podium spot after his team-mate Roby Rolfo had been knocked out of the battle for front positions by Manuel Poggiali on the fifteenth lap.

Neither Rolfo nor Poggiali were able to return to the race, leaving Sebas Porto and Fonsi Nieto to complete the top five ahead of Japanese rookie Hiroshi Aoyama.

Tags:
250cc, 2004, GRAN PREMI GAULOISES DE CATALUNYA, RAC

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