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Pedrosa enjoys final round of Movistar Cup

Pedrosa enjoys final round of Movistar Cup

Pedrosa enjoys final round of Movistar Cup

Dani Pedrosa was on hand to enjoy the final round of the MoviStar Junior Cup 2004 at Jerez on Sunday, enjoying the on-track action and reminiscing about his days in the Spanish youth series. Pedrosa came through the Junior Cup in 1999 and, after going on to win both the 125cc and 250cc World Championships in just four seasons of Grand Prix competition, was able to share his support and experience with the current crop of youngsters.

"Being back here once again in the MoviStar tent brings back a lot of good memories, although times have changed and so has the competition," said Pedrosa.

"When I arrived here I was really excited and determined to make the most of the opportunity. It was like a gift fallen from the sky and I did everything I could to make it worthwhile. I obviously didn't think at the time that I would get as far as I have done. My objective was just to do as well as I could in the Cup and keep improving.

"To have the chance to do what you enjoy and to dream about the future is important. I think it's normal that these kids look at me like a mirror, because this is where I came from. The best advice I can give them is to appreciate what they've got and think that if they want to take this seriously then they have to do things well from the start. Give it all they can and go for it."

Ion Garrido, who took pole position in each of the six rounds and won five races, certainly seems to have followed Pedrosa's advice although it is little wonder as the pair used to race against each other in the national minibike series.

"Dani is like a magician to me," said Garrido, who was presented with his trophy by Pedrosa on Sunday evening. "He has always been good – ever since we rode together in minibikes. Back then he was already a class act and we've all seen what he has gone on to achieve. To see where he is now gives us all hope."

250cc, 2004, Dani Pedrosa

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