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De Puniet lends weight to Pedrosa argument

De Puniet lends weight to Pedrosa argument

De Puniet lends weight to Pedrosa argument

Randy De Puniet has backed up his 250cc World Championship title rival Dani Pedrosa amidst press claims that team boss Lucio Cecchinello, as well as representatives from the Repsol Aspar and Fortuna Honda, have made an official request for a minimum weight limit in the quarter-litre class.

Reports in the Spanish media in particular suggested that Pedrosa's quarter-litre adversaries were unhappy with the horsepower advantage he gained through his low bodyweight, but De Puniet dismissed the notion.

"Obviously Dani is very light and that could help him in acceleration, but as far as I am concerned he is a great rider and that is why he is leading the championship," commented De Puniet, who lies second in the championship to the Spaniard, with a 25 point deficit.

"Last year Poggiali was also very light after moving up from the 125cc class, but it doesn't make him any better or worse a rider."

"We all have our strong points and our weak points and I don't care how much Dani weighs - the only thing I see out on the track is another rival who I must beat.

"Hopefully I can do that this weekend because I had a tough time in Sachsenring and I need to respond in the right way so that he doesn't take any more points from me in the championship."

250cc, 2004, CINZANO BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Dani Pedrosa

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