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Victorious Pedrosa eyes new challenge

Victorious Pedrosa eyes new challenge

Victorious Pedrosa eyes new challenge

Dani Pedrosa bade farewell to the quarter litre class in the best possible style by clinching an eighth victory of the season in front of his home fans with a dominant display in the final round of the season in Cheste, Valencia.

With his third consecutive world title already assured, the Spaniard went into the race wanting to put on a show for the record crowds at the Ricardo Tormo circuit and duly obliged. After battling it out with Jorge Lorenzo and Hector Barbera in the early stages of the race, Pedrosa moved up a gear seemingly at will on lap 13 to pull clear of his challengers and establish an unassailable lead. That meant his eighth victory of the season – a new personal record.

"It was not an easy race," insisted Pedrosa. "It was difficult because the rear-end of the bike was moving a lot and slipping. I got away well and the pace was quicker than last year, although I had to be more conservative on the final few laps. I am very satisfied with the race and the season in general. We have got great results and I won one more race than last year, although we got fewer podiums. What's also important is that we helped Honda win the team championship today. I want to dedicate my victory to everyone at the team, all the mechanics and all the fans as well who were so supportive." Pedrosa will now switch to the MotoGP class next season after a glorious two-year stint in the 250s, and admits he is expecting a tough time in the premier class where both his patience and skill will be tested to the limit.

"A chapter has now come to an end and we are starting a new one. Next year will be very different and very difficult and we will have to approach races in a new way," he added.

MotoGP, 2005, G. P. DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, Dani Pedrosa

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