Pedrosa and Lorenzo target 1st home win at Montmeló
As strange as it may seem, the 250cc Catalonian GP has never been won by a Spanish rider, but this weekend Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo will be eager to lay the rather discomforting statistic to rest.
Pedrosa is the current series leader after taking consecutive wins at le Mans and Mugello, and will look for a hat-trick on his home track.
"The Championship has been pretty hard so far, it's very competitive out there. We'll be at home this weekend and I'm pleased about it – I really expect to enjoy the race," said the reigning World Champion.
"I never realized that Spain never got a win on this circuit in the 250cc class. I hope I can be the first one! It will be a very special weekend, where I will be supported by my friends and my fans."
250 rookie Jorge Lorenzo took his first podium in the quarter litre class last weekend at Mugello and now appears as a potential Grand Prix winner.
"I'm really eager to win a race, doing it in Spain would be great," said Lorenzo. "I just hope that the race won't be as hot as the last one, it was really tough and risky, with many hard brakings."
"Pedrosa is the guy to beat, he had some great qualities and riders are trying to get closer to his riding level, but also to his mental approach, because he really rides with his head."
Both riders were reunited today in Barcelona for the official presentation of the Gran Premi Gauloises de Catalunya.