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Pedrosa looking to extend Championship lead

Pedrosa looking to extend Championship lead

Pedrosa looking to extend Championship lead

Dani Pedrosa's victory in the ninth round of the 250cc World Championship at Sachsenring stretched his lead at the top of the standings to 50 points over Casey Stoner.

The Spaniard and the Australian have enjoyed contrasting fortunes at Brno in the past, with Pedrosa taking victory in the 125cc event on the way to the title in 2003 – a race Stoner missed after injuring himself in practice. Stoner also crashed on the second lap of last year's minor category race but the teenager has found a new level of consistency in the 250cc class this season and has scored points in every round since crashing out of the opening race at Jerez.

Outside the top two, last year's winner Sebastian Porto will be looking to celebrate his 150th Grand Prix appearance with another victory whilst riders such as Randy de Puniet, Alex De Angelis and Hiroshi Aoyama have all hit form in recent weeks. Meanwhile, rookies Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso will be hoping to repeat their performances from last season's 125cc race, when the Spaniard took victory by just 0.036 seconds after passing the Italian in the final corner.


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