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Pedrosa to wear number 1 plate

Pedrosa to wear number 1 plate

Pedrosa to wear number 1 plate

Team Telefonica Movistar Honda have confirmed that 250cc World Champion Daniel Pedrosa will wear the number 1 plate as he defends his title in 2005.

Pedrosa will buck a recent trend by recent quarter-litre World Champions, who have either stepped up to the premier-class or kept their ‘lucky' entry number with which they won the title. In fact, the Spaniard will be the first rider in the class to wear the number 1 plate since Loris Capirossi (pictured below) in 1999.

After Capirossi, Valentino Rossi, Oliver Jacque, Daijiro Kato and Marco Melandri all moved up to the 500cc class after being crowned 250cc World Champion, whilst Manuel Poggiali opted to stick with his number 54 in 2004 after winning the title at the first attempt in 2003. The last rider in any class to wear the number one plate was Arnaud Vincent, when he defended the 125cc World Championship title in 2003.

"Daniel Pedrosa will defend the number 1 plate achieved this season in the 250cc class," read a statement from Team Telefonica Movistar Honda. "After taking two titles in four seasons of the World Championship and, this season, overcoming a difficult winter which saw him out of action for five months through injury and barely able to ride his Honda, Dani starts as a clear favourite to successfully retain his crown.

Pedrosa was discovered by Telefonica Movistar in a Spanish domestic series launched in 1999 with the help of former rider Alberto Puig. The latest edition of the Movistar Junior Cup ends this weekend at Jerez and Puig is set to announce the names of the three riders who will continue their quest to emulate Pedrosa on the road to Grand Prix glory by stepping up to the Spanish Supersport Championship in 2005.

250cc, 2004, Dani Pedrosa

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