Pedrosa not far wide of the Marc
Dani Pedrosa was another Honda rider bouncing back on Sunday. Coming from an uncharacteristic crash last time out in Argentina and a fall during practice in Texas the Spaniard took his first podium finish since he won the Misano Grand Prix last September.
A dark horse all weekend and tipped by a number of his rivals to be a likely podium contender come the race, Pedrosa looked strong as he diced with his team-mate at the front for the first half of the race. He ultimately got caught out by tyre life and was unable to fend off Marquez and Valentino Rossi.
He said: “Overall it was a good weekend, because although some things could still be better, we’re happy overall. I got a clean start, finally, because qualifying on the third row makes it difficult to get through the other riders. I was able to lead the race for a few laps, which was amazing. I knew all the time that I could have gone even faster, but I had to take care of my tyres, because I had problems all weekend trying to get the correct tyre life, especially in the rear.
“But in the end I destroyed the front, not the rear, on the right-hand side. Unfortunately, I couldn’t keep Valentino behind me at the end because I had to slow down, but overall it’s an important step and now we’re already looking forward to Jerez and a track I like.”
And while there’s still problems to be solved for the Repsol Honda duo and their satellite-riding colleagues, Pedrosa claims that they’re also continuing to make steady progress with the RC213V as they get more races and experience under their belts.
“It was quite disappointing at the last race, and today was also difficult because I was thinking about the mistakes of the last couple of weekends and trying to be strong but not so strong as to make another mistake! After the crash in Argentina, I wanted to avoid losing the front, so I just tried to finish as strongly as I could.”
Pedrosa fought at the front after struggling so far this season