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Pedrosa aiming to extend advantage in Qatar

Pedrosa aiming to extend advantage in Qatar

Pedrosa aiming to extend advantage in Qatar

This weekend at Losail, current series leader Dani Pedrosa will be concerned about the threat posed by Casey Stoner, the only rider with a serious chance of threatening the Spaniard's grip on the 250 title with four races remaining. Stoner charged to an impressive victory in the last round at Sepang after Pedrosa crashed on the first lap, closing the gap between the pair to 38 points.

Andrea Dovizioso, who finished second to Lorenzo in the 125cc race last year, also crashed out in Malaysia and is now coming under pressure from Hiroshi Aoyama for third place in the championship. The Japanese rider lies just ten points behind as he aims to overhaul the Italian for third place at a circuit where he has already celebrated a podium finish behind Pedrosa and race winner Sebastián Porto last season.

Jorge Lorenzo will return to action for the thirteenth round of the season after serving a one-race suspension for his part in a last-lap collision with Alex de Angelis at Motegi.

The Spanish teenager took victory in the 125cc race in Qatar last season and returns looking to silence his critics with a debut quarter-litre success after making a major impact during his rookie season.

250cc, 2005, MARLBORO GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Dani Pedrosa

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