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Dani Pedrosa took his first MotoGP victory today at the Shanghai Circuit, confirming his status as a serious title contender in his debut season. The Repsol Honda rider, who started from pole, came back from a quiet start to lead the entire second half of the race ahead of team-mate Nicky Hayden. Colin Edwards put himself on the podium for the first time this season whilst fellow Camel Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi saw his spectacular fight back through the field cut short by a tire problem. Rossi had been making positive progress through the field, working his way up from thirteenth on the grid to fifth place in the race before bad luck struck once again. RossiÕs exit from the race came after his second trip to the pits. The reigning World Champion entered the box on lap fifteen, but completed only one lap more before having to retire. *** Local Caption *** Valentino Rossi, world champion during the qualifying practice, ready to go at the Yamaha pit.