MotoGP » Qatar MotoGP: Pedrosa lacks grip, loses podium

"I had to slide around a lot during the entire race to combat a lack of rear grip" - Dani Pedrosa.

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Kimi - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 10:56 AM

dani will come back for sure. and honda just need to improve a bit.
And it's only just 1 race, haters already make judgement like they never watch dani before..

Ivor Bueb - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 11:19 AM

Dani made an ok job of the race I think, he never had the pace of Jlo, Rossi or Marky Mark.

If he'd have pushed any harder and made mistakes then Cal would have been all over him.

Still, Dani cannot afford to be off the podium too many times this year or Jorge will run away in the points again.

donn - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 3:26 PM

dear dan...
i am not disapointed with the fact that you missed the podium. Yet don't fret the season is long, and this is just the first corner, the fact you are just 13 points behind and not more is good. But I am Disappointed with the body language of yours. The Dani of Last year is gone. You look low and a little insecure, hope you turn this around co'z we all know now, Rossi is Back, and the season is gonna be between Lorenzo vs Rossi/mark/Dani.
be cool, be calm like a bomb Dani, for it's THIS year or NEVER.
your fan

ooj - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 4:30 PM

HRC to Puig: You talked us into letting go of our world champ Hayden. You talked us into designing the bike around Dani's diminutive size. You promised us a championship but it was Stoner who delivered. We've seen the light now - it's called MM. Start looking for another job in 2014.

Alberto - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 4:31 PM

Repsol HRC - Rossi - MotoGP World Champion
Repsol HRC - Hayden- MotoGP World Champion
Repsol HRC - Stoner - MotoGP World Champion
Repsol HRC - Marquez- MotoGP World Champion

Alberto says, "Dani, I want a divorce...."

jjthekid46 - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 5:13 PM

Marc's performance will immediately put a lot pressure on Pedrosa. He has seen his Stoner retire and leave only for him to be replaced by a spanish version of Stoner. Having said that HRC don't have fanboy mentality. They aren't going to get rid of Pedrosa just because Marquez can beat him. Pedrosa is the most successful rider in Motogp not to win a title. He has almost twice the amount of wins of Biaggi who held the that unfortunate title before him......

jjthekid46 - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 5:15 PM

He will have to start under performing to the degree that Hayden and Criville started to under perform after they won their respective titles for him to get fired. Or HRC will have to find someone who is better than him. Only his teammate the 2 factory Yamahas and Stoner can lay a claim to being as good or better than Pedrosa at this moment in time. Everyone else on the grid has in no way proved that they would do better job than Pedrosa on his bike.

Ron - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 7:46 PM

For a weekend that Dani struggled at 4th is not bad, and look how often he was running wide into turn 1, at the absolute limit to keep Rossi and Marquez at bay, despite them having a much higher pace.

And sure Marquez finnished on debut on the podium, as did Lorenzo and Pedrosa before him. Still expect him to see his fair share of the gravel trap this year, as he continues to learn.

The season is long and it depends if Rossi and/or Marquez are going to be able to finish ahead of Lorenzo too, otherwise he probably will run away with it in the same way as last year

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