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Pedrosa and Porto beat personal bests at Jerez

Pedrosa and Porto beat personal bests at Jerez

Pedrosa and Porto beat personal bests at Jerez

Quarter litre riders Dani Pedrosa and Sebastián Porto got off to a flying start yesterday in the first leg of the 250 World Championship in Jerez. The two riders fought each other all the way in a fierce battle that saw Pedrosa, the Spanish Telefonica Movistar Honda rider, take the first victory of the new season, forcing Porto to settle for second.

Both the Spaniard and the Argentinean provided a thrilling performance on the Jerez de la Frontera circuit – a circuit that has hitherto proven difficult for both riders – to clinch their best ever results at Jerez.

Reigning world champion Pedrosa, who considers the Jerez de la Frontera circuit to be particularly difficult, had hitherto only managed to take forth at the Andalusian track, in 2002 and 2003 riding in the 125 category.

"It was a goal for us to win at Jerez and we've managed it at last," commented Pedrosa, thrilled to have finally tamed the unforgiving track. "The support from the fans was fantastic - I could hear them cheering for me over the final two laps.

"I'm really happy because to start the season here was difficult because of the added pressure and the wind also made it hard to ride today. It's the perfect way to start the championship and I want to thank the team for the great job they have done; the bike worked perfectly."

Argentinean Sebastián Porto had previously managed no better than sixth position at Jerez, a result he achieved in 2003. Although he was ultimately denied victory by local favourite Pedrosa, the Aprilia Aspar rider was satisfied with the result at the tough Jerez track.

"In the race, I was able to follow Dani during the first half of the race, but I wasn't quick enough and he opened a few metres gap. Second is not a bad result, as we have to keep in mind that the Championship is only beginning."

"The main thing is to score as many points as possible through the season. The Spanish crowd was great, we saw plenty of flags and there were many people supporting us. I have never managed to get a good result on this track in the past, so I guess it's not a bad start to my season."

The riders now only have a matter of days before recommencing the battle in the second leg of the 2005 season, the Grande Premio de Portugal in Estoril, in a season that looks set to be packed full of excitement.

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

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