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Pons eulogises Lorenzo-Pedrosa rivalry

Pons eulogises Lorenzo-Pedrosa rivalry

Spanish fans are spoilt for choice in their options as to for whom to cheer in Jerez, with two of their countrymen in fine form in MotoGP.

Spanish fans are spoilt for choice in their options as to for whom to cheer in Jerez, with two of their countrymen in fine form in MotoGP. In one corner stands the brash and confident Jorge Lorenzo -an unpolished gem full of bravado and interminably quotable- and in the other the cerebral and steely focused Dani Pedrosa.

Such a situation is unprecedented in Spain, where their great riders have rarely coincided at their peak. One man just as excited about the duel between the two polar opposites as anyone else is former rider Sito Pons, who returns to the World Championship paddock this season in a new role for the Jack&Jones WRB 125cc team.

`It is a good rivalry. Two Spanish riders battling to be number one in MotoGP; it´s the first time that this has happened,´ says Pons, who himself enjoyed great success in the lower cylinder categories during his active years.

`Both riders have the quality. Pedrosa has a little more experience and Lorenzo still has a lot to learn, but he´s doing so very quickly. I think the rivalry is even stronger when two riders are fighting for the media coverage in their own country.´

Whilst like all Spaniards Pons will have a close eye on the action in the premier class on Sunday, his main focus will be on the 125cc category and an emotional personal occasion. Son Axel is making his World Championship debut in Jerez, precisely for the Jack&Jones WRB team commandeered by the senior Pons. The 16 year-old was born little over a month before Sito´s last 500cc race at the circuit, and his maiden appearance marks the return of a famous name to the entry list.

`Axel has only been racing for three years. He started at age 13 and obviously doesn´t have so much of a career. He´s learning quick and progressing fast, so we thought we´d give him a chance here,´ explained the Spanish manager.

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