News 20 May 2010

MotoGP: Pedrosa to celebrate 150th GP start at Le Mans

Pedrosa will make his 150th Grand Prix start at Le Mans on Sunday.

Pedrosa will make his 150th Grand Prix start at Le Mans on Sunday.

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa will compete in his 150th Grand Prix this weekend when the MotoGP World Championship visits Le Mans in France for round three of the 2010 title chase.

The Spaniard will be aiming to clinch his team’s first victory of the season following a promising second place finish at Jerez’s most recent round at the beginning of the month, excited to reach a milestone this weekend.

“After the Jerez race I’m looking forward to arriving in Le Mans and continuing with our recent progress,” the former 125cc and 250cc World Champion explained. “We were able to complete a good weekend in Spain, being fast from the first practice and building up to the best set-up possible for the race.

“This is the pattern we have to achieve again in France. Le Mans is one of those circuits where you need to be prepared for any track conditions because the weather can play a big part during the weekend. In fact, last year’s wet-dry race was a good example of this. So it will be very important to make maximum use of the practice sessions and be ready to set the bike up for a wide range of weather conditions and temperatures.

“Le Mans will also be my 150th Grand Prix in the world championship and I would really like to mark this with another great result there.”

Following his strong showing at Jerez, Pedrosa’s hopes are high for Le Mans, where he has scored three GP victories (125 in 2003, 250 in 2004 and 2005), with each of those successes leading to world title glory at the end of the season.

Pedrosa also has strong Le Mans form in the premier class, having taking three pole positions on his last four visits to the track. If Pedrosa can turn that speed into another victory on Sunday, it will augur well for his 2010 championship challenge.