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Pedrosa sets more records in the 250 class

Pedrosa sets more records in the 250 class

Pedrosa sets more records in the 250 class

Since joining the 250cc class at the start of last year Dani Pedrosa has been the dominant force in the class and set many new records and milestones. The Spaniard leads with a comfortable 59 point advantage after achieving six wins in ten races. The Movistar Honda rider will also be looking forward to the forthcoming Japanese GP, he won the 250cc race there last year after qualifying on pole, and also took victory at the 125cc GP at Motegi in 2002 again starting from pole position.

Pedrosa has now finished in the top six at twenty-four consecutive races. Only two riders have had longer strings of successive top six finishes in the 250cc class; Sito Pons with 26 and Luca Cadalora with 34.

Following his 21st career victory at the Czech GP, Pedrosa is now the third most successful Spanish rider of all-time in terms of GP victories, after Jorge Martinez 'Aspar' with 37 GP wins and Angel Nieto with 90. Pedrosa's win at Mugello earlier this season was his 18th GP victory making him the most successful teenage Grand Prix rider of all time, taking the record from Valentino Rossi who won 17 Grand Prix races as a teenager.

Pedrosa's current points total of 206 after ten races is the second highest total ever in the 250cc class at this stage of the Championship. The only rider to have scored more points over the first ten races of the year in the class is Max Biaggi in 1995 who notched up 213 points.

Pedrosa has averaged 20.6 points per race so far this year. If he maintains this average to the end of 2005 he is in line to set a new record for the number of points scored in a single season in the 250cc class - a record currently held by Daijiro Kato who scored 322 points in 2001.

From his twenty-six races in the 250cc class Pedrosa has finished on the podium on 20 occasions (76.9%) and won 13 times (50%).

At the first race of last year in South Africa he became the youngest-ever rider to win a 250cc Grand Prix race, taking this honour from Britain's Alan Carter who won the French GP at Le Mans in 1983. That win in South Africa also made him the youngest-ever rider to have won a Grand Prix in two different classes. The previous holder of this record was Marco Melandri.

The win in South Africa was also the first time that a reigning 125cc World Champion had won in the opening round of the 250cc class since Bill Ivy in 1968.

Last year Pedrosa became the first rider to win the 125cc title and then the 250cc title in consecutive years since Carlo Ubbiali in 1960.

250cc, 2005, Dani Pedrosa

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