Pe­drosa not far wide of the Marc

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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

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