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Several candidates to succeed Pedrosa

Several candidates to succeed Pedrosa

Several candidates to succeed Pedrosa

The confirmation of some excellent riders in 250cc and the arrival of the most important values that showed their best in the eighth of litre will become in 2005 one of the most thrilling and competitive seasons in last years. Some candidates, with two or three possible aspirants amongst the rookies, will challenge the great favourite, Dani Pedrosa.

During some days after the end of 2004 MotoGP Championship, the media speculated with the possibility Pedrosa could jump to MotoGP. Although the young Spaniard had completed two memorable years, with both titles in 125 and 250 in a row, Pedrosa will defend this year the champion crown. He is proving to be fit with very consistent results in pre-tests, far from the ankles injuries at the end of 2003 which create some doubts about his performance. His Telefonica Movistar teammate, the Japanese Hiroshi Aoyama, could be one of the main surprises of the Championship.

On the official Aprilia with the Repsol Aspar Team, Sebastian Porto became one of the most important leading actors in 250. The Argentinian rider would be again one of the main entertainers in 2005 and a clear candidate to clinch the title. Besides him will compete the French Randy de Puniet, a very competitive rider who will strengthen a lot this team. He was third in final standings last year and the other Pedrosa's nightmare. Alex de Angelis is called to be one of the other important riders in this class. From San Marino, he'll defend the MS Aprilia Cose with rookie Simone Corsi.

With no doubt, the arrival of the current 125cc world champion Andrea Dovizioso (Kopron Scot) and the faster and spirited Spanish Jorge Lorenzo and Hector Barbera (Fotuna Honda) have created a lot of expectation. They attempt the new challenge with the same ambition they showed last season and this means a lot of funny and excitement for the spectators.

The experienced Roberto Locatelli will return to ride the Aprilia with the Carrera Sunglasses-LCR Team. The 30 years old rider, will be the pair in the Lucio Cecchinello squad with one of the last Australian values, Casey Stoner.

As usual as Locatelli on the grid, the Spanish Alex Debon will face the new season coming with the Wurth Honda Team, and challenging for top ten and his first podium place in the championship, besides Radomil Rous, from Czech Republic. The Italian Andrea Ballerini appears as the only rider in which the Abruzzo Racing Team bets to challenge in 2005.

The Australian Anthony West will ride the Red Bull KTM, and will try to confirm the progression of the Austrian factory in this new adventure in 250. KTM hopes the machine will be ready for the beginning of the season.

The other new, the Scuderia Fantic GP, which trusts 125 World Champion in 2002 Arnaud Vincent and the youngest Gabrielle Ferro in its landing in the MotoGP theatre.

Tags:
250cc, 2005, Dani Pedrosa

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