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Top ten historic moments of 2004: no. 9

Top ten historic moments of 2004: no. 9

Top ten historic moments of 2004: no. 9

Daniel Pedrosa capped an unbelievable rookie season in the quarter-litre class at the penultimate round in Australia, where a fourth-placed finish was enough to make him the youngest 250cc World Champion in history.

At the age of 19 years and 18 days old, Pedrosa took the record from Marco Melandri by over a year and became the first rider to win the 125cc title and then the 250cc title in consecutive years since Carlo Ubbiali in 1960. His victory in the opening round at South Africa had made him the youngest rider ever to win a 250cc Grand Prix , taking this honour from Britain's Alan Carter in 1983, and the youngest rider ever to take victory in two different classes.

The race at Phillip Island had an extra significance for Pedrosa, who had broken both his ankles there in a practice crash just one year previously and endured a heavy fall in qualifying, and the youngster was understandably emotional.

"I am really pleased with this result," said Pedrosa after the race. "It was really tough out there – as the race went on the wind got stronger and the risk of crashing grew.

"It's been a difficult weekend, with mechanical problems, a bad crash and my memories from last year. My confidence wasn't exactly maximum. When I saw that the lead group were going so fast, I decided to let Poggiali past and make sure of fourth position and the title.

"I want to thank everybody who has contributed to this triumph, to Movistar, Honda, my excellent mechanics, Alberto and everybody who worked with me in the winter with their love and affection for the several long months it took me to recover from the accident at this track a year ago".

250cc, 2005

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