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27 March 2006 | News

“No prophet is ever accepted in his own country” the ancient Romans used to say. Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo might also have something to add. Both blazed their way forward at the opening of the World Motorcycle Racing Championship last weekend in front of thousands of screaming Spanish fans accompanied by traditional Spanish "tracas" and firecrackers.
The Honda rider showed them all wrong with his debut in the biggest cc Category. "He\\'s just too light; he\\'ll never be able to dominate the 240 HP required on the heavy-weight Grand Prix circuit". And he\\'s too young, they\\'d said at the start of the season.
Ready…Set….Go! The underweight and under-aged Dani started off with a bang and turned heads around until he ended up right behind Loris Capirossi\\'s exhaust pipe and had to settle for second, but that result was totally unexpected and already more than good enough as it was. The other flying Spaniard dominated the 250 cc Class. After duelling with Hector Barbera and De Angelis in the early part of the race, he left the pack in the dust and flew to the finish line alone, more than happy with this victory that makes him more likely than ever to be this season\\'s leading contender in the quarter liter category.
If the season kicked off wonderfully for the Spaniards, the debut was far less memorable for the other two Dainese champs. In 125 cc competition, Thomas Lüthi, already sporting a suffering collar bone, took a spill halfway through the race, while Valentino Rossi, bumped from behind by Toni Elias on the first curve, found himself way behind the rest and had to struggle his way back up through the ranks. “The Doctor” finally succeeded in scoring points however, and is now looking forward to taking sweet revenge in fifteen days at the next race in Qatar.