Pedrosa gives the Spaniards a reason to celebrate at Jerez

The Spaniard Daniel Pedrosa achieved today his eighth career victory in the opening round of the 250 cc. Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP) disputed at Jerez de la Frontera, where both Aprilia riders Sebastian Porto and Alex de Angelis completed the podium places.

All the weekend it was a dominium of the current champion. Pedrosa shown that his Honda of the Telefonica Movistar still being the bike to beat in the 250cc class. The Spaniard dominated since the first qualifying session of Friday and confirmed his condition by breaking his mark on Saturday. "It was a challenge for us to win here and we did it", commented the 19 years old driver.

Pedrosa dominated the 26 laps of competition from the green lights to the chequered flag, always supported by the thousands of fans around the circuit. "The people has been fantastic, to hear their support in the last two laps. I`m very happy because here was complicated due to the pression", mentioned the winner.

About the development of the race, Pedrosa explained: "The wind put the things hard. It`s a good way of initiate the Championship and I want a thank the great job of the team, the bike worked perfect", he said.

Today`s victory is the number 16th for Pedrosa, half in 125cc and half in 250cc and his 31th. podium since his debut in 2001.

The second place was a matter of Porto since the very started of the activity at Jerez. He seems, along Pedrosa, to be the two drivers to beat in the 2005 season.

The Argentinian of Aprilia tried to catch the leader during the first part of the race, but the Honda was to much for him. "I`m not happy because I would like to win, but this is a good result. It was a hard weekend, most of it due to the wind", stated the 2004 sub-champion.

The consistency of Porto was his best gun in this race, but it wasn`t enough. "Today I managed to keep behind Dani (Pedrosa) until half a race, but at the end I couldn`t follow the rhythm and he escaped a few metres", he explained.

Porto achieved his sixth second place and 16th podium in 141 races in the class, besides it was his first time in the top three at Jerez. "The result isn`t bad, we must note this is the start of the season and it is important to add much points as is possible", commented Porto.

The French rider Randy de Puniet, Porto`s teammate in the Aspar team for this year, was fighting with the Argentinian and the podium secured when he fell on lap 12. "I forced and I lost the front wheel trying to follow Porto", he explained.

De Angelis, on board of a factory bike of the MS Aprilia Corse claimed a third place after starting from the second row. The San Marino native took advantage of de Puniet and Casey Stoner`s falls to jumped and take third podium finish since his debut in 250cc last year. "It was a hard race and the rhythm ahead to really high. It`s a long season and I want a do things right", mentioned De Angelis.

On seven days will continue the action of the Continental Circus at Estoril, Portugal.