Pe­drosa Wants more wins and fewer bro­ken bones

Motorcycle News (UK) - - FEATURE -

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!

Pe­drosa spent most of 2016 at sea, strug­gling to come to grips with tyres

Con­trary to some pad­dock gos­sips, there is plenty of fight left in Dani Pe­drosa

Miche­lin’s new softer tyres suit Dani bet­ter

Pop goes Dani’s col­lar­bone. Where Marc bounces, Dani breaks

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