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Pedrosa aims for title record

Pedrosa aims for title record

Pedrosa aims for title record

Dani Pedrosa heads to Australia this weekend with a second chance to become the youngest ever 250cc World Champion and with an opportunity to bury his nightmare from last year. On that occasion, Pedrosa arrived as the newly-crowned 125cc World Champion but experienced the other side of racing as he crashed and broke his ankles in the first free practice session at Phillip Island.

Whilst victory at the last round in Malaysia wasn't enough to clinch the title this time around, thanks to second place for Sebastián Porto, Pedrosa now needs just two points to secure the championship in Australia and break several records.

As well as replacing Marco Merlandri as the youngest ever quarter-litre World Champion , at the age of 19 years and 18 days old, Pedrosa will also be the youngest rider to win a world title in two different classes of any type and the first rider to win the 125cc title and then the 250cc title in consecutive years since Carlo Ubbiali in 1960.

Pedrosa, who is out to extend a record of twelve podium finishes, six victories, three pole positions and seven fastest laps from the last fourteen rounds so far, also has the chance to set a new points record in the class, currently held by Daijiro Kato with 322.

The Spaniard, who is currently on 279, is already fifth in the all-time total points record behind Kato, Valentino Rossi, Marco Melandri and Max Biaggi but could beat Kato's total with victory in the final two races.

Porto will again lead the charge of riders trying to stop Pedrosa, but the Argentinean's brave efforts in the second half of the season have been undermined by patchy form in the opening rounds and he is now relying on a pair of unlikely results in the final two rounds.

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

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