MotoGP » Austin MotoGP: Pedrosa mistake ends Marquez battle

“I made a mistake, lost around 1.5 seconds and Marc was able to get away“ - Dani Pedrosa.

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donn - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 5:19 AM

dear dani,
you keep disappointing me with each race. This was your best chance to get back to the top of the points table.
if you dont start fighting, i fear marquez will end you career since spain and Respol has found their new blue eyed poster boy, and you ain't young and cute no more...
hope you start fighting soon...

you fan

adrv1 - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 5:32 AM

It's OK Dani.. You did well, although you need to keep reminding yourself that this could be your pivotal year. Stay sharp mentally and physically. Don,t allow your new teammate to psyche you out. You may not have won a championship yet, but, you already know you have what it takes to win--consistency..Step it up a notch or two.. Your fans are eagerly waiting for your championship..Make it this year my man..Only you can make it happen

noone - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 5:36 AM

Yes, Dani did mix it up in the second half of last season. But at that point the only thing Lorenzo had to do was to finish the race, if Lorenzo had to fight, the story would have been way different.

Ich - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 9:36 AM

Niva said:
"did you miss the 2nd half of last season? Pedrosa mixed it up quite fine when opportunity presented"

Sorry man, I like Pedro but one swallow doesn't make etc. etc.
He's a great rider but NOT a fighter.


April 22, 2013 9:41 AM

Watching the race - I thought Dani DID dig-in, did NOT roll over and was fighting to keep in touch to see if an opportunity was there to try and re-take MM for the win.

MM was piling on relentless pressure and both seemed at 100%. Dani made a tiny mistake - and that's all it takes at the level they were at.

It's far too soon to write DP off - he may not have won a MGP WC, but he's consistently super-fast and always in the mix. Marquez has adopted Stoner's mantle in that team well, and will be a tough challenge - but 2 races isn't enough to write off a class act IMO.


April 22, 2013 10:02 AM
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MM was always the favourite here, it played into his hands and his strengths. None of the top riders "like" the and had to push to get the times. Dani closed the gap to MM as this could have been a white wash, with MM pre-season and weekend pace he looked to be romping off into the distance, this did not happen and dani was pushing pulling him along and pushing. On paper MM should have won by 10 + seconds instead it was only over 1 due to the error dani made late on (he is small so the tiredness got to him) but They both rode stupendous. A rookie in name but not nature, the kid is a talent but I still think he is only equal to the others, some better, some not. I think Jerez will level the field and Dani will have his time to shine. For me though Cal was the most impressive of the weeekend. Beating 2 of the 5 who came here before him (both Factory Bikes) and Rossi looked lost all weekend!!


April 22, 2013 10:08 AM

The silver spoon boy of motorcycling wins...wheres the surprise? There are many riders just as talented as him but they never got the support he has - the best of everything has been thrown at this young man for years and a bike developed by an incredible rider- arguably the best ever.


April 22, 2013 10:32 AM

Agreed Mr TLR, Again as the Rossi days Honda have given him extra tests (private), removed the Rookie rule and given him the best weapons, but that is as expected. In my opinion he has only performed as expected and at this level any Real "Star" will always hit the ground running. He started Moto 2 with more testing than anyone else and again he has done this in GP. I still feel that over the season he will falter (this year from the WC) but no mistake next year he will be a favourite. If Dani wins this year it could make it much harder for MM next year for sure, right now HE has the edge and the learning to do.. (not that he is going to improve much more) the question is has he peaked already or can he develop further??

99 Crystal Ball. - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 11:15 AM

Hats off to Pedro in my opinion.Marquez was a guided missile all weekend but Pedro stuck on his tailpipe.When MM got passed him,i was expecting him to pull the pin and romp off into the distance,but Pedro held in there.Good race from the little fella.He can feel pretty pleased with his efforts.

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