Pe­drosa caught out by ‘ex­ces­sive’ Miche­lin wear

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Dani Pe­drosa was rue­ing what could have been in Sun­day’s race at Aragon, af­ter suf­fer­ing from what rub­ber man­u­fac­turer Miche­lin later deemed to be ‘ex­ces­sive’ wear to his front tyre dur­ing the race.

Look­ing likely to re­turn to the podium for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive GP de­spite start­ing back in sev­enth thanks to a qual­i­fy­ing crash, the Spa­niard’s hopes were dashed af­ter strug­gling for much of the race with what may have been a de­fec­tive tyre.

He said af­ter­wards: “There was an is­sue with the front tyre, some­thing went wrong and I had lot of vi­bra­tion on the edge. I tried to keep the rhythm but it was so dif­fi­cult to race with the feel­ing of both the rear and front.

“I was try­ing to un­der­stand if it was the track or some­thing else but for me it was clearly a big prob­lem. The rear tyre didn’t make its full po­ten­tial and on the front there was a prob­lem. Ob­vi­ously it was very bad feel­ing to race like this af­ter last week­end. All I could do was fin­ish the race. I couldn’t do any bet­ter in these con­di­tions.”

Once he’d caught Rossi, Marc – in typ­i­cal fash­ion – pulled the pin

Dani suf­fered from bad vi­bra­tions

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