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Dovizioso looks to emulate Pedrosa

Dovizioso looks to emulate Pedrosa

Dovizioso looks to emulate Pedrosa

Andrea Dovizioso can emulate his factory Honda predecessor Dani Pedrosa by winning the 125cc World Championship at Sepang this weekend if he finishes on the podium. That is the straightforward challenge facing the 18 year old Italian, would become the fourth youngest World Champion in the history of the sport behind Pedrosa, Loris Capirossi, and Valentino Rossi.

Indeed, no other rider has led the series by such a large advantage at this stage of the season since Rossi in 1997 and Dovizioso now looks certain to win a championship he has led from the first race, having only finished outside the top four on one occasion, when he retired with a tyre puncture.

Dovizioso would like nothing better than to repeat Pedrosa's feat in the same style as the Spaniard by taking victory and the title. However, he faces stiff competition from Jorge Lorenzo, who took his third victory of the season at Qatar on Saturday to increase his total podiums for the year to six.

Lorenzo became the second youngest rider ever to start from pole in the 56-year history of Grand Prix racing (behind Marco Melandri) at Sepang last year and he heads to Sepang looking to end a record sequence of thirty-six races without a rider in the 125cc class winning back to back races, since Arnaud Vincent won at Donington and then Sachsenring in 2002.

Elsewhere, Mika Kallio will have high hopes of scoring KTM's first ever road racing victory after scoring second place at this race last year - his first podium finish and the first podium for the Austrian factory.

125cc, 2004, MARLBORO MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Dani Pedrosa, Andrea Dovizioso

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