Pedrosa powers past career milestone

After winning the French GP the Repsol Honda rider is on course to make 2013 a memorable year.
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Dani Pedrosa leads Andrea Dovizioso at Le Mans © Photo courtesy of Repsol Honda team
By Joseph Caron Dawe

Dani Pedrosa not only became the first rider to win twice in 2013 with success at Le Mans on Sunday, but in doing so the Spanish rider took the 24th premier class victory of his career.

The number is significant because it draws him level in the all-time list of riders with the same number of first-place finishes in the sport's elite class, with both Wayne Rainey and Jorge Lorenzo.

Pedrosa is still yet to win a title in the MotoGP category whereas Rainey took three while Lorenzo's 24 wins have helped him to two so far.

The 2013 season is already shaping up as a fantastic spectacle and with Pedrosa having done what he has previously never been able to by taking two victories inside the opening four rounds the Repsol Honda rider is setting himself on course for potentially the strongest – and most rewarding – campaign of his premier class career to date.

Another notable marker for Pedrosa in France was the passing of the 3000-point milestone. With the 25 picked up for victory he's now only the third rider ever to have passed the marker in his career spanning all classes, the others being Valentino Rossi and Loris Capirossi.

“I'm very happy, because I have earned an important victory,” explained Pedrosa after Sunday's race. “I've been trying to win at this circuit for many years in MotoGP and it has always been a tough track for me.

“Today, the moment finally arrived, when I least expected it, and it is immensely satisfying.”

How important the victory will be will become apparent as an already-exciting season unfolds into an even more engrossing championship...

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