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Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi compared

Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi compared

Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi compared

With Dani Pedrosa starting his second year in the 250cc class on a winning note it is interesting to compare his performance in the class to Valentino Rossi who is considered by many to be the greatest rider of modern times.

The careers of the two riders are similar in many ways, with each rider moving to the 250cc class having won the 125cc title. Rossi made the move to the 250cc class in 1998 and was six weeks past his 19th birthday on his debut in the class and went on to win the title in his second year on a 250cc machine

Dani Pedrosa was still five months short of his 19th birthday when he made his 250cc debut at the start of last year and made a more immediate impact when he won the title in his first season in the class. As listed below, the performances of the two riders over the first 17 races that each competed on a 250cc machine. This clearly shows that Pedrosa has had more immediate success than Rossi.

After 17 starts in the 250cc class:
8 wins for Pedrosa, 6 wins for Rossi
14 podiums for Pedrosa, 10 podiums for Rossi
5 poles for Pedrosa, 1 pole for Rossi
8 fastest laps for Pedrosa, 3 fastest laps for Rossi
342 points scored by Pedrosa, 246 scored by Rossi

MotoGP, 2005, GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL, Dani Pedrosa, Valentino Rossi

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