MotoGP » Pedrosa 'confident' after Estoril fillip

Dani Pedrosa is feeling 'calm' about his chances at Le Mans following his return to winning ways at Estoril.

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eminusx - Unregistered

May 10, 2011 12:55 PM

Be great to see him break his duck here! He has done well at Le Mans in the past, he's in great form this weekend, feels confident, and has a great machine. . .could come together for him this weekend providing it doesnt rain. .

Go Dani

mick - Unregistered

May 10, 2011 2:51 PM

No reason why he should not be confident after his great performance in Estoril.I hope he can maintain the momentum this weekend.
By the way,what is a fillip?

Olek - Unregistered

May 10, 2011 3:57 PM

My perception from the various websites is that Dani is way underrated. It seems he is barely being discussed for the championship except his current standing, all the talk is about Stoner and Jorge (and when the Doctor will finally return) but you have to say right now that he is the favorite. The hondas seem dominant and hes kept it on the track(2 races ago) and ahead of stoner last race. With his shoulder only getting stronger to me he is the odds on favorite. Afterall he still is an alien.

" - Unregistered

May 10, 2011 4:13 PM

"In this track you need to be also very focused because the race is long and it's very important to be consistent and not make any mistakes.”

Well, no need to worry about Simoncelli, then.

cyclopathic - Unregistered

May 10, 2011 4:27 PM

@Olek, re: My perception from the various websites is that Dani is way underrated. It seems he is barely being discussed for the championship except his current standing

Dani had never showed the level of consistency necessary to be a champion, at least not in MotoGP. He crashed too much, he had too many mediocre races, he got injured every season he had been in GP. Most importantly any time he had to go wheel to wheel he lost to competitor.

This does not make champions.


May 10, 2011 5:11 PM

Le Mans is one circuit I dislike,but it can throw up some close racing. Dani has done a great job given the injury issues.
This weekend will be the acid test for him. Should he beat George again, in particular, I say 'game on for 2011 title' between him and Lorenzo. Should Stoner and Lorenzo beat him its 'game off'...800cc historical service resumed.
A second straight win 2011 for Dani will yank a 'monkey off his back' and shoulder.
I would not mind seeing it at all.

lod - Unregistered

May 10, 2011 5:30 PM

@ cyclopathic
You know much of motogp as a 3 year old.

1. He didn't show great consistency before because his sub-par machines didn't allow him better. That should be very clear to any motogp follower. As soon as Honda fixed their main (note: not all) problems with the bike (2010) he started winning consistently and beating the other aliens. Fact.
Also I remember he beat the GOAT 2 times in the WDC, something no other rider managed. And one of the times with one of the worst bikes on the grid.

2. Also, go compare how many crashes (his fault) he had in GP against other aliens like Stoner and Lorenzo and get back to me..

lod - Unregistered

May 10, 2011 5:31 PM

3. He used to lost out most of the time on head to head battles with the other aliens because of inferior machinery + being diminutive (you surely know by now he's at a disadvantage in this department as well with his size, right?).

4. You are right about his injuries. This hampers his campaigns a lot.

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