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Pedrosa ready to face new challenges

Pedrosa ready to face new challenges

Pedrosa ready to face new challenges

The 250cc World Championship gets underway this weekend with the ever popular Gran Premio Marlboro de España.

Just like Valentino Rossi in the MotoGP class, Honda's Dani Pedrosa will face several new challenges as he wears the number one plate in defence of the 250cc World Championship.

Having retired in last year's rain-soaked race, Pedrosa will try to get his first podium finish at the Andalusian track – his best result being the fourth place he achieved in the 125 class in both 2002 and 2003.

The Spaniard, who swept to the title in his rookie campaign in 2004, has been opposed in his attempted dominance of the winter tests by his main rival from last season, Sebastián Porto, on Aprilia machinery.

The arrival of 125cc World Champion Andrea Dovizioso and exciting youngsters Jorge Lorenzo, Hector Barberá and Yuki Takahashi to the HRC ranks, as well as the strength in depth of a factory Aprilia line-up which includes Alex de Angelis, Roberto Locatelli, Randy de Puniet and Casey Stoner, is sure to add an extra competitive edge to the category this time around.

Aprilia riders have had eight victories in the 250cc class at Jerez. Yamaha have won on six occasions, the last time being with Tetsuya Harada in 1995. Roberto Rolfo's victory last year was the fourth for Honda at Jerez in the class.

250cc, 2005, GRAN PREMIO MARLBORO DE ESPAÑA, Dani Pedrosa

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