Dani Pedrosa will become the youngest ever rider to take part in 150 motorcycle grands prix this weekend at Le Mans.

The Spaniard will reach the tally at the age of just 24 years and 236 days, taking the record from Marco Melandri, whose 150th GP was at Misano in 2007, aged 25 years and 26 days.

All of Pedrosa's grand prix starts - 46 in the 125 class, 32 in 250s and soon to be 72 in MotoGP - have been made on Hondas.

Pedrosa has claimed 31 race wins to date - an average of 21% - split 8 MotoGP, 15 250cc and 8 125cc. He has also won three world championships, two in 250 (where he was unbeaten) plus one in 125, but is still searching for a premier-class crown.

The Repsol Honda rider enters the French Grand Prix third in the 2010 championship, after arguably his most combative ride in the premier-class last time in round two at Jerez.

Pedrosa put up an unexpectedly tough defence of his race lead against a charging Jorge Lorenzo, until the Yamaha rider finally found a way past on the very final lap.

Nevertheless, after struggling so badly during pre-season testing and only claiming nine points at Qatar, Pedrosa is in a much stronger position than he expected - as he and Honda work flat out to solve his stability problems.

"After the Jerez race I'm looking forward to arriving in Le Mans and continuing with our recent progress," said Dani. "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."


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