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Pedrosa equals the Rossi record

Pedrosa equals the Rossi record

Pedrosa equals the Rossi record

Dani Pedrosa clinched his second victory of the season just over a week ago at Le Mans to reclaim his lead of the 2005 World Championship. However, making a comeback and re-establishing himself at the top of the overall Championship standings were not the only achievements that came with the Le Mans victory – the young Spaniard managed to equal the long-sought-after Valentino Rossi record of 17 GP wins before reaching the age of 20-years-old.

Pedrosa has generated the impressive figure from a combination of his time racing in 125cc and his current category of 250cc. With nine of those victories being achieved on the highly competitive 250cc track, Pedrosa has established himself as one of the prodigies of contemporary racing.

Having already equalled the Rossi record, the young Honda rider still has several months at his disposal to surpass the record. Pedrosa will not turn 20-years-old until September, which gives him another nine Grand Prix races – ending with the Malaysian GP – to set a new record.

As things stand at the moment, Pedrosa will start the next race in Italy as Championship leader after reclaiming his lead from Andrea Dovizioso, who jumped into first place after the Shanghai race. However, Pedrosa has never won at the Italian GP – having to settle for second place for the last two seasons – and the race will represent the next big challenge in the life of the nineteen-year-old.

250cc, 2005, Dani Pedrosa, Valentino Rossi

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