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Q&A - Dani Pedrosa.

Repsol Honda star Dani Pedrosa looks back on the 2009 MotoGP season, and ahead to 2010
Q:
Now that you are finally fully fit again, do you wish the 2009 world championship could have gone on a little longer?

Dani Pedrosa:
No. Now the world championship has finished and that's that. I have to go on working with next year in mind. What's done; is done.

Q:
What was your highlight of the 2009 season?

Dani Pedrosa:
The win in Valencia a few days ago was a great moment, but the Laguna Seca win was also incredible, on that circuit and after everything that had happened since pre-season testing. What's more, we arrived at the United States Grand Prix at the lowest point of the season, and all of a sudden, it was like rising to the highest. That was an amazing day

Q:
And the lowest point of the season?

Dani Pedrosa:
The worst moment was possibly in winter, during pre-season testing. I had a really tough time; I couldn't recover properly from the injury to my left knee and had to have another operation…, it was a really long period. What's more, the fall in Qatar made the situation even worse.

Q:
What were you thinking as you crossed the finish line at Valencia last Sunday?

Dani Pedrosa:
It was an incredible sensation because we had all been thinking, dreaming and hoping for this win all week and finally winning in front of all the fans was amazing. What I most enjoyed was the lap of honour, celebrating the win with all the fans there. I have great memories of the race and that lap of honour.

Q:
What has Dani Pedrosa learned this season?

Dani Pedrosa:
I've learned that you have to be there, you have to fight and go on fighting, and that above all, you can never give up, because then you're not going to get anywhere. You have to go on fighting; even if luck isn't on your side, you have to keep going.

Q:
What mistake would Dani Pedrosa not make again this season?

Dani Pedrosa:
I think that you can learn from everything and obviously, I'll try not to make the same mistakes that we made last season.

Q:
How have you adapted to the tyre options provided by Bridgestone, and what do you think of the switch to the single tyre?

Dani Pedrosa:
Well, the adaptation process wasn't easy for us because the Honda RC212V is a bike that was developed on the Michelins and their specific performance, so we had to work throughout the season to try to make the bike competitive on the Bridgestones. And that wasn't easy, considering that you don't have time to test in a grand prix weekend and that

I had such an accident-filled pre-season with hardly any time to test. As far as the single tyre supplier rule is concerned, I think it was a good decision, as this year, nobody talked about the tyres and the competition had one variant less that used to influence, positively or negatively, some or others in every grand prix.

Q:
You rode a 990cc for a year. Do you miss the RC211V?

Dani Pedrosa:
2006 was my first year in MotoGP and the last for the 990cc. Those bikes were very different to those we ride now, that's true, and from my experience that year; they were a lot more fun. Now, there are a lot of electronic adjustments that prevent it from being us who really control all of the parameters when we are riding. If we really do go back to the 990cc, they'll be welcome.

Q:
What did you ask of Honda for next year?

Dani Pedrosa:
The same as I have been asking lately: improve the stability of the bike when braking and entering curves because that's where our Achilles' heel is. The engine we have is good, it's powerful and it has good power delivery, so we don't need any more improvements in that department at the moment. But we need to take a step forward with the chassis; advance and improve.

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Swanboy - Unregistered

November 19, 2009 2:59 PM

I truly beleive that if Dani can stay fit and come into qatar next year for the start of the 2010 championship that he can bridge the gap to winning more races - which is after all - all he needs to win the championship. at the end of this season he flew and was on the podium for the last 5 or six races getting better and better until he got the win he strove for. But theres's alot of work to do from Honda as well, what Dani has done on that bike this year is as good -(in my opinion) as it was gonna get. OK so maybe Valentino could have won more but he's the God if racing for bloody hells sake. If Honda make something a bit special and Dani stays fully fit i think he's gonna be CHAMPION



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