Pedrosa Wants more wins and fewer broken bones
One rider who didn’t make the impression he was hoping for during the 2016 season was Dani Pedrosa. The Spaniard slumped to sixth in the title race and walking away from the second half of the season with another scar, after breaking his collarbone in a high-speed highside at Motegi.
But even before injury blighted the end of his year, Pedrosa spent most of 2016 all at sea, struggling to come to grips with Michelin’s new rear tyres, especially after emergency action in Argentina saw the introduction of a much harder construction that simply did not work for the lightweight rider.
Weighing in at only 51kg (112lb) and struggling all season to get heat into the tyres as a consequence, it was only at Misano when the introduction of a new softer tyre allowed Dani to remind us exactly what he’s capable of, by taking a stunning victory over Valentino Rossi.
However, contrary to some rumours that have circulated in recent months, that doesn’t mean that the diminutive racer’s career is over; in fact, listening to Pedrosa on his return from injury at Valencia, it’s anything but, as he hopes for a better 2017.
Whether that will happen or not will depend on what Michelin bring in their 2017 tyre allocation, but with big improvements coming from the French firm towards the end of last season (and with Pedrosa looking more comfortable as a result) he’ll be hoping to return to past form and walk away with more than a single win – and with fewer broken bones!
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