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Pedrosa happy in Holland

Pedrosa happy in Holland

Pedrosa happy in Holland

Dani Pedrosa arrived in Holland in optimistic mood today, not only thanks to the spectacular start to his rookie season in the 250cc class but also for the fact that one of the most important moments of his career happened at the Assen circuit. Pedrosa's first Grand Prix victory came in the 125cc race here in 2002 and, after being caught out by De Puniet in the last race, Pedrosa hopes that the fast corners and lack of long straights will favour his riding style and play to the strengths of his Honda this weekend.

"I always feel comfortable in Holland and I have good memories because it's where I took my first Grand Prix victory," commented Pedrosa, who lies second in the current standings just eight points behind series leader Randy De Puniet.

"I am looking forward to seeing how you have to ride the 250 here because it is the circuit with the highest average speed in the championship and with the 125 you hardly have to use the brakes.

"It is very technical and you never quite know if you are on the limit. You have to keep really concentrated because it's easy to make mistakes and crashes happen at high speed. I will have to make the most of both qualifying sessions to get to grips with the circuit on the 250, but I think that my riding style could suit it.

"In the higher gears it could be that the Aprilia has a bit more but I don't think that will make much difference because the climate is more humid and it's not as warm here. I am hopeful of a good result."

250cc, 2004, GAULOISES TT ASSEN, Dani Pedrosa

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