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Pedrosa receives hero's welcome in hometown

Pedrosa receives hero's welcome in hometown

Pedrosa receives hero's welcome in hometown

Triple World Champion Dani Pedrosa earned a rapturous reception from thousands of fans when he returned to his hometown of Castellar del Vallés, near Barcelona, on Monday evening, after last weekend's Turkish GP at Istanbul.

Before heading back to his hometown, the Movistar Honda rider attended a press conference in Barcelona discussing at length his Championship-winning campaign and his future in motorcycling.

Looking back on the 2005 campaign, he mused: "The races have been tougher and more fiercely-contested, with more riders to look out for. Getting on the podium was much harder because in the past there were only three or four riders riding at the front. This year, there are more people pushing for the podium and any mistake is much more costly than it used to..."

The 20 year-old was admitted he was thrilled by the warm welcome he was afforded after getting off the plane: "There were more people at the airport than last year! I'm quite a shy person, so I can't really take in it all, but it was great to see so many people waiting for me and celebrating my title. There were lots of bikes and some riders pulling some crazy stuff! It was great to come back to Barcelona this way, I was really moved."

In 2006 Pedrosa will move up to MotoGP category after clinching the 125cc title and two consecutive crowns in the 250s. He stressed that he would take the move into the premier class step by step and played down talk touting him as Valentino Rossi's next rival.
"Regarding next year, my goal will be to have an intelligent season, not crashing too much and not thinking about duels that don't exist at the moment. I will set my goals on my own. The main thing is to take it calmly and learn as much as I can, gathering information about the new bike. I'll dedicate myself to this work in my first year."

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250cc, 2005, Dani Pedrosa

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