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Pedrosa becomes second youngest premier-class winner

Pedrosa becomes second youngest premier-class winner

Pedrosa becomes second youngest premier-class winner

Dani Pedrosa's victory in China - after only his fourth start in the MotoGP class - makes him the youngest ever Spanish rider to win in the premier-class of Grand Prix racing and equal second youngest from all nations. He is exactly the same age as Norick Abe who won his first GP victory in Japan in 1996 at Suzuka. The following list shows the ten youngest winners of all-time in the premier-class:

1. Freddie Spencer 20 years 196 days
Belgium/1982/Spa
2. Norick Abe 20 years 227 days
Japan/1996/Suzuka
Dani Pedrosa 20 years 227 days
China/2006/Shanghai
4. Randy Mamola 20 years 239 days
Belgium/1980/Zolder
5. Mike Hailwood 21 years 75 days
Britain/1961/IOM TT
6. Valentino Rossi 21 years 144 days
Britain/2000/Donington
7. Johnny Cecotto 21 years 187 days
Finland/1977/Imatra
8. Jorge Kissling 21 years 219 days
Argentina/1961/Buenos Aires
9. Alex Criville 22 years 115 days
Dutch TT/1992/Assen
10. John Surtees 22 years 116 days
Britain/1956/IOM TT

Pedrosa also becomes the youngest rider of all time to win Grand Prix races in three different classes:

1. Dani Pedrosa 20 years 227 days (125cc, 250cc, MotoGP)
2. Mike Hailwood 21 years 75 days (125cc, 250cc, 500cc)
3. Valentino Rossi 21 years 144 days (125cc, 250cc, 500cc)
4. Johnny Cecotto 21 years 187 days (250cc, 350cc, 500cc)
5. John Surtees 22 years 148 days (250cc, 350cc, 500cc)
6. Marco Melandri 23 years 77 days (125cc, 250cc, MotoGP)
7. Loris Capirossi 23 years 199 days (125, 250, 500)
8. Gary Hocking 23 years 226 days (250, 350, 500)
9. Barry Sheene 24 years 290 days (50, 125, 500)
10. Reg Armstrong 24 years 346 days (250, 350, 500)

Tags:
MotoGP, 2006, ALICE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Dani Pedrosa

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