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Pedrosa and Stoner go head-to-head in Australia

Pedrosa and Stoner go head-to-head in Australia

Pedrosa and Stoner go head-to-head in Australia

Dani Pedrosa will get his first chance to seal the 250cc World Championship this weekend, and for the second successive season in Australia, despite coming under intense pressure from his nearest rival, and local favourite, Casey Stoner.

Pedrosa, who finished fourth at Phillip Island last year to clinch the championship in his rookie season, will take the title if he wins the race and Stoner fails to score more than a single point. However, the Australian is the category's form rider and, after back-to-back victories in the last two rounds, he has reduced the Spaniard's advantage to just 26 points ahead of his home round.

At the front of the queue of riders looking to stop a potential party for either Pedrosa or Stoner will be Jorge Lorenzo, who has until the end of this year to become the youngest ever rider to win a 250cc Grand Prix, and last year's Phillip Island winner Sebastian Porto who also holds the quarter-litre lap record at the Victorian circuit.

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250cc, 2005, POLINI AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa

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