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Pedrosa enters Valencia history books

Pedrosa enters Valencia history books

Having never previously won a Grand Prix on home soil in the premier class Repsol Hondas Dani Pedrosa broke that duck in spectacular style at the Gran Premio bwin.com de la Comunitat Valenciana to put his name into the MotoGP history books.

Having never previously won a Grand Prix on home soil in the premier class Repsol Hondas Dani Pedrosa broke that duck in spectacular style at the Gran Premio bwin.com de la Comunitat Valenciana to put his name into the MotoGP history books.

Not only did Pedrosas win in front of more than 130,000 home fans see him snatch second place in the World Championship courtesy of Valentino Rossis unfortunate DNF, it also saw the young Catalan become the first rider to have won in all three classes at the Ricardo Tormo circuit.

Pedrosa won the 125cc race in Valencia in 2002 in his second year in the World Championship and then took 250cc glory there in both 2004 and 2005 en route to successive quarter litre category World titles.

This years victory, after a fourth consecutive pole start at the end of 2007, is his second of the year - and in giving him the runner-up spot in the general standings it marks a healthy progression from the fifth place overall he managed as a MotoGP Rookie last season.

Looking back on Sundays events, Pedrosa commented: Im very happy with this result. I really wanted to win this race very much and so actually achieving it feels fantastic. The race was very tough and I had to push at the maximum from start to finish.

I must say thanks to the team because they have worked very hard for me this weekend and all year and the bike was perfect today. Also I must thank Michelin too because the tyres were very good today.

I didnt know until I arrived in parc ferme that I had second in the World Championship and that was a nice surprise. I didnt expect this because there was only a very, very slim chance of getting it coming into this weekend. After quite a difficult season second place is better than third and gives the Repsol Honda Team some reward for sticking with it and never giving up this year.

To see highlights of Pedrosas previous wins at Valencia follow the video links on the left.

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MotoGP, 2007, GRAN PREMIO bwin.com DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, Dani Pedrosa

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