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Pedrosa set for wildcard challenge

Pedrosa set for wildcard challenge

Pedrosa set for wildcard challenge

Current 250cc World Championship leader Dani Pedrosa will be facing a wildcard challenge this weekend, with his regular rivals for quarter-litre honours joined by the traditional sprinkling of top quality Japanese guest riders, including Honda team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama's brother Shuhei.

Yuki Takahashi will also have the task of racing against family this weekend, with younger brother Kouki one of the five local riders looking to make their name in the World Championship's only visit to Japan this season.

A good showing from the wildcards could actually help Pedrosa's cause as he looks to distance himself from his closest rivals in the championship. Unlike Rossi in the premier-class, Pedrosa's title is far from secure although his 59-point advantage over Casey Stoner represents a healthy cushion with just six rounds remaining. Pedrosa won the 250cc race at Motegi last season from pole position whilst Stoner failed to finish the 125cc event which was won easily by Andrea Dovizioso.

250cc, 2005, GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Dani Pedrosa

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