Pedrosa, almost 250cc champion, swept Malaysia

The Spaniard rider Daniel Pedrosa won yesterday the fourteenth round of the 250 cc. Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP) with a convincing lights-to-flag victory at the Kuala Lumpur circuit of Sepang, Malaysia, which put him at the...

The Spaniard rider Daniel Pedrosa won yesterday the fourteenth round of the 250 cc. Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP) with a convincing lights-to-flag victory at the Kuala Lumpur circuit of Sepang, Malaysia, which put him at the door of the championship. Far away the winner, Sebastián Porto and Toni Elías completed top three finishers.

It was almost easy for Pedrosa his sixth victory of the season. Dani, who iniciated the race from second, jumped to the leadership and never looked back. The rhythm of the race imposed by the Honda men was overwhelming for the rest of the field. The winner pushed hard from the beginning and continued during the 20 laps of competition showing all his talent and the advantages of the combination Honda-Pedrosa.

"It was a fantastic race. The rhythm was really high and the bike answered very well. I`m very satisfied with this race", mentionned Dani after the competition.

The idea of complete the hole distance of the race was just a formality. Pedrosa`s perfonmance sentenced the result in the very first lap, building a gap impossible to cut for his rivals.

Despite the great result at Sepang, the 19 years old driver is already thinking in what`s next. "Now we`re going to Australia and I hope things go wright there, after what happened last year". On 2003 when Dani had already the 125cc title, he suffered a crash in Australia that left him out of the season close. Pedrosa wants his revenge and will try to repeat the result in one week.

The dispute between Porto and Elías was the only interesting situation in a race with no major shunts. The Argeninian was a candidate for the victory before the competition after his eighth pole position of the season. However, in the start it was clear that the leadership was a matter only for Pedrosa.

All Porto with his factory Aprilia could did was to score second place at take the championship definition to the next race. "Today it was a complicated journey. I`m not unhappy with the result, but I`m not happy either because we had some problems", Sebastián commented. "The engine suffered the hit and it was also problem with the front tire that the team couldn`t found yet", were the reasons of the Argentinian.

About the race itself, Porto explained: "The fight between Toni and I in the beginning gave Dani and advantage. I did what I could in this race and I`m satisfied with the second place. We weren`t albe to cut points, but we must be hapy because this was a great year for us", he finished.

Elías, winner this season of the Portuguesse GP, added another podium with Honda. The Spaniard, who start the competition from fifth place in the grid, was the other protagonist of the fight for second place.

"Porto was quick throughout the race - fast, stable and I had to study him closely", said Elías. Once again Toni took a good result in a season that wasn`t as he expected in the start. "the most important thing from my point of view is that I am back on the podium and we are working in the right way". "Pedrosa was really quick today and practically untouchable, it was really difficult to chase him and he rode a great race".

With his sixth season victory, Pedrosa leads the standings with 279 points and 48 of difference with Porto when it rest two more races and 50 points to end the year. The combination Honda-Pedrosa will now go to Phillip Island, Australia on October 17th. trying to finish to deal for the 2004 250cc World Championship.

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Series MOTOGP
Drivers Sebastian Porto , Toni Elias , Phillip Island