Dani de­liv­ers stun­ning Valencia vic­tory

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Dani Pe­drosa has once again demon­strated why he’s the per­fect Motogp team-mate for Marc Mar­quez, af­ter run­ning the first half of Sun­day’s race ex­actly where the new world cham­pion needed him, as a wing­man to de­fend his coun­try­man’s rear from the chas­ing Du­cati duo of Lorenzo and Dovizioso.

But, cut loose in the clos­ing stages of the race as Mar­quez ran on and left the diminu­tive racer to bat­tle with Jo­hann Zarco, Pe­drosa also re­minded the world why he’s still a mem­ber of the Rep­sol Honda team af­ter an in­cred­i­ble 11 sea­sons by land­ing a knock­out blow on the French­man in the clos­ing stages of Sun­day’s Span­ish scrap.

And, com­ing af­ter a dif­fi­cult sea­son of highs and lows for Pe­drosa, he said af­ter the race that it was a boost that he needed go­ing into the win­ter break.

“The feel­ing was great to be back, and it’s im­por­tant for my team to fin­ish the sea­son like this. In many ses­sions this year, we’ve strug­gled a lot, and those days are dif­fi­cult. We’ve strug­gled a lot of times this year to do it, be­cause even though we were close, Marc and Dovi had a lit­tle bit of a bet­ter pack­age for most of the year.

“I re­alised on Sun­day that the track had a limit, maybe be­cause the rear had more grip, which pushed the front. Any­way, I tried to man­age the front grip, but then in the last three laps I gave it ev­ery­thing to pass Jo­hann.

“He was so good into the corners but fi­nally I passed him on the last lap and took the win.”

How­ever, de­spite an im­pres­sive sea­son that’s seen him back up Mar­quez (and take valu­able points off his ti­tle ri­vals) time and again,

Pe­drosa was quick to down­play just how im­por­tant his role was in his team-mate’s suc­cesses.

He said: “Marc de­served the cham­pi­onship for the job he did this year. Sure, I helped the team be­cause we worked hard and tried dif­fer­ent things. It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that we put a brand new bike on the track this sea­son and he won the cham­pi­onship and we won the team and con­struc­tor ti­tles. That’s not easy to do, es­pe­cially with the reg­u­la­tions.”

Team-mates don’t come much more sup­port­ive than Dani Pe­drosa

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