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Home support crucial to Pedrosa

Home support crucial to Pedrosa

Home support crucial to Pedrosa

Like his compatriot Sete Gibernau in the MotoGP class, Dani Pedrosa will be hoping strong Spanish support can lift him another step towards the 250cc World Championship title at the Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal this weekend.

Pedrosa is out for revenge after being relegated to third place by Sebastian Porto and Randy de Puniet in a controversial race at Brno two weeks ago, when light rainfall just three laps from the end saw the Spaniard surrender a clear lead as he called for the race to be stopped.

Porto's win made it 100 for Aprilia in the 250cc class and the Argentinean will be confident of a repeat performance in Portugal, where he took a podium finish in 2002 after starting from pole position for the first time in his career riding a Yamaha.

However, De Puniet will be confident of success himself having also finished on the podium here last year and motivation could not be higher for the Frenchman, who has won just once this season but is the only rider in the class to have taken points in every race.

Meanwhile, last year's winner Toni Elias will also be relying on local support as he guns for a first victory since signing for Honda at the start of the season, whilst compatriot Fonsi Nieto can also call on a strong record at the Portuguese circuit having won the wet race there in 2002 .


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