MotoGP » Dani Pedrosa ends 2012 action on top


"It's always good to finish the year and the test in front, but even more to know that everything works well" - Dani Pedrosa.

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Stavros - Unregistered

November 16, 2012 10:03 AM

@ Mr Qwerty

Your handle is easy to type, thanks!

You say Dani lifted in the second half of last year, but the truth is he had no competition. Stoner injured and Jorge happy to take second places meant Dani was always going to collect some wins. Who else was going to beat him, Dovizioso? Rossi? Bautista? No, Pdrosa won that many races because the two guys capable of beating him had their pistols holstered, by choice or not. Pedrosa still doesn't have a single title and I'm not sure that will change. Next year is his best shot.

Lets not pretend the Valencia circuit record was an unexpected outcome either. It was their very first dry session after the track had been resurfaced, and Jorge, Dani and Stoner were going faster and faster until the flag dropped. That record will be absolutely demolished next year.

MrQwerty

November 16, 2012 7:46 PM

@ Stavros,

I accept that Pedrosa had little competition aside from Lorenzo, who was still trying to win judging by some of his post race body language. It was more an argument formed on the basis that Pedrosa was matching Stoner for points and beginning to match him for speed by the time Stoner had his accident, and seemed to be on an upward curve anyway, particularly after his relative struggle in the first four races.

I don't think Pedrosa would have won all those races with Stoner present, however I don't think Stoner would have outdone him either. The likely result would have been that they took points off each other and Lorenzo would have won the title. For the record, I think Lorenzo was number one this year despite Pedrosa's record, he blitzed the first six races and only made one big mistake when the championship was already won.

Kimi - Unregistered

November 17, 2012 5:38 AM

I think dani has done incredible job this season. Small size,still he able to tame down the 1000cc bike.. remind me of him during 250cc.. I think he's finally found the confidence that has lost for few years..

stavros - Unregistered

November 17, 2012 5:50 AM

@ Mr Qwerty

Sorry but Lorenzo was clearly NOT riding for wins after Brno. Even when he had pole he would put up a token bit of resistance when Dani came past and then settle for second. its a strategy that won him the title with a round to spare. Why would the guy leading the title by 40 points take risks by riding on the very limit. Lorenzo admitted he was riding with the title in mind, not sure why people find that hard to admit.

stavros - Unregistered

November 17, 2012 6:02 AM

To summarise, you say Dani 'clearly hit his best performance when Stoner got injured'.. Well my friend that is no coincidence. I'm sure Dani may still have won some races , but Stoner is usually at his best at the tracks where he was out our injured, he won Phillip Island even with the injury for Pete's sake! So no doubt Dani was good this year, but no doubt circumstances also allowed him to win some races that he may not have otherwise, and he still didn't win the title even without injury, which his fans have said was the only thing holding him back.

MrQwerty

November 18, 2012 6:58 PM

@ Stavros,

I pointed out that Pedrosa was on an upward curve prior to Stoner's accident, the fact that Stoner got injured at that time was not, in my opinion, a reason for him hitting peak form at this time. Surely the fact that Stoner won at Phillip Island whilst injured suggests that he wasn't handicapped by that point, and makes Dani's win in Valencia and to some extent Sepang all the more impressive?

I never believed that Pedrosa was only held back by injury as things were, everything has to come together to win a title and it still hasn't over a whole year for Dani, I do think that Lorenzo deserved the title most this year, but pedrosa is unquestionably riding at his best ever level.

As for Lorenzo's token resistance? Well aside from Brno I think it's fair to say he couldn't beat Dani anyway. I have no doubt he could have been closer, but equally I have no doubt that if he really felt he could have won those races then he would have raced a lot harder.

Stavros - Unregistered

November 18, 2012 11:58 PM

Sooner won at PI because of the relative lack of right handers - the key to being fast at the island is the multiple fast left hand turns, which Stoner was less effected at. But PI is a fairly unique track layout, Stoner was more effected at other tracks where right handers were more prevailent. For instance, it would be a child day in hell before Stoner would finish5th at Motegi under normal conditions, a track he's won at numerous times. Lorenzo was riding for the title pure and simple. Again, the timing of the majority of Dani wins was no coincidence

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