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Pedrosa on course for record

Pedrosa on course for record

Pedrosa on course for record

The upcoming Grande Premio de Portugal will see Dani Pedrosa looking to break one record and leave another intact. The Repsol Honda rider's previous form at the Estoril Circuit counts against him as he tries to avoid the fourth place finish that he has taken in his last three visits to the Portuguese track, but a finish in the top eight would count as some consolation for the Spaniard.

Since his 125cc race at Estoril in 2003 including two outings as a 250cc rider, the podium has eluded Pedrosa for three years. If he were to repeat the feat on October 15th, then it would mark the first time since his arrival to the premier class that he would have gone more than successive races without a rostrum placing.

Having been crowned 2006´s Rookie Of The Year after the A-Style Grand Prix of Japan, Pedrosa needs just a top-eight finish in Portugal to achieve the highest ever total by a rookie in MotoGP. The previous record is held by current rival Valentino Rossi, who earned 209 points in 2000.

Alongside the personal landmarks, and a team championship shared with his Repsol Honda colleagues, Pedrosa still has a mathematical chance of lifting the 2006 World Title in his debut season.


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