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Pedrosa confirms his MotoGP ambitions

Pedrosa confirms his MotoGP ambitions

Pedrosa confirms his MotoGP ambitions

Meeting with the media on Wednesday in London, 250 World Champion Dani Pedrosa commented on his much anticipated move to the MotoGP class, confirming that he would move up to the premier class with Honda next season.

Pedrosa, who secured his first title at 18 in the 125cc class and a second one last year in his 250cc rookie season, is considered to be the hottest prospect of the Grand Prix scene.

"Honda chose me for various reasons. I won titles and races, but I'm also young and quick and I still have a lot to learn, and I guess they want me to get ready to try and fight for the title in the premier class," said Pedrosa, who had a ride on the 135m-high London Eye and enjoyed an exceptional view of the British capital city, before cruising down the Thames to discover some landmark buildings of the city.

"Another reason is the fact that I started to race at 14 and I have always been racing for Honda, there's no other rider who can say that."

Pedrosa has moved up through the ranks with the support of the Japanese factory, from his debut in the Movistar Junior Cup, under the guidance of former rider Alberto Puig.

"When Honda made an offer, things were clear for Alberto (Puig) and me: the bike comes first, the money is another matter. Getting the best bike was the priority. Racing for a satellite team could have been very interesting money-wise, but the most important is the bike, I'll have plenty of time to make money."

Last year, Pedrosa had a first taste of 4-stroke machinery at the Ricardo Tormo track, after the final round of the season and the diminutive Spaniard knows that taming the powerful 990cc will be a tough challenge.

"When I tested Honda's MotoGP bike last year, back in November at Valencia, I realized that the bike was pretty big for me. I will have to work a lot. It's a pretty dangerous bike, which doesn't allow any mistakes. You can crash and get hurt very easily. With this kind of bike, the straights are very short – they're no longer straights!"

"I'm not afraid of facing the MotoGP riders, my only preoccupation is my fitness. I hope I'll be able to ride a bike which is much more powerful and much heavier than my 250. In MotoGP, you can't mess around or just enjoy the ride. If you have time to enjoy riding, it just means that you're not doing your job properly. If you take it seriously, you can't really enjoy it. In the end, you are only rewarded for suffering."

250cc, 2005, BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Dani Pedrosa

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