Dani delivers stunning Valencia victory
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