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Pedrosa savours final win at home race

Pedrosa savours final win at home race

Pedrosa savours final win at home race

Daniel Pedrosa celebrated his 250cc World Championship title in style with home victory in front of over 122,000 fans, a record crowd at the Ricardo Tormo circuit. Pedrosa pressured early leader Sebastián Porto until the eleventh lap, taking the lead with a clean move and stretching out a clear advantage.

Porto pushed hard to stay with the World Champion but lost control of his Aprilia on the nineteenth lap, leaving Toni Elías to win a furious battle with Hiroshi Aoyama for second. Aoyama was later disqualified from third when his bike weighed in at 500g underneath the minimum weight limit, meaning Randy de Puniet was promoted to the podium.

Fourth place for Franco Battaini sealed the Best Privateer award for the Italian whilst British teenager Chaz Davies, the youngest rider in the class, scored his best ever finish in fifth. Davies produced a storming ride from nineteenth on the first lap, eventually leaving Roby Rolfo trailing in his wake and overcoming Fonsi Nieto five laps from the end.

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

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