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Pedrosa´s season of achievement

Pedrosa´s season of achievement

Pedrosa´s season of achievement

During his debut year in the 250cc class Dani Pedrosa has dominated the World Championship, breaking several records and making more of an impression in the category than Valentino Rossi when he made the step up from 125cc in 1998. The following is a list of Pedrosa's historic achievements so far in 2004:

> At the first race of the year in South Africa he became the youngest ever rider to win a 250cc Grand Prix race, taking this honour from Britain's Alan Carter who won the French GP at Le Mans in 1983.

> This win in South Africa also made him the youngest ever rider to have won a Grand Prix in two different classes. The previous holder of this record was Marco Melandri.

> The win in South Africa was also the first time that a reigning 125cc World Champion had won the opening round of the 250cc season since Bill Ivy in 1968.

> At the third race of the year at Le Mans Pedrosa became the second youngest rider ever to start from pole for a 250cc GP. Only Marco Melandri has started from pole in the 250cc class at a younger age.

> In the fifteen races held so far this year Pedrosa has finished in the top four fourteen times, had twelve podium finishes, six victories, three pole positions and seven fastest laps.

> The only races at which Pedrosa has not finished on the podium are the second race of the year in Spain when he fell in the wet conditions, Portugal where he suffered a puncture in the rear tyre and in Australia when he finished fourth to clinch the title.

> Pedrosa is the first rider to win the 125cc title and then the 250cc title in consecutive years since Carlo Ubbiali in 1960.

> With one race still to go Pedrosa has already scored 292 points, which is the fourth highest point total of all time in the 250cc class. The only riders who have scored more points in a full season in the 250cc class are; Daijiro Kato (2001 – 322 points), Valentino Rossi (1999 – 309 points) and Marco Melandri (2002 – 298 points).

> Pedrosa is the second Spanish rider to win the 250cc World Championship, the other being Sito Pons who won in 1988 and 1989 riding a Honda.

> As well as winning the title in his first year, Pedrosa has taken more wins, podiums, poles and fastest laps than Valentino Rossi did in his rookie 250cc season back in 1998.

Tags:
250cc, 2004, GRAN PREMIO MARLBORO DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, Dani Pedrosa

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