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Interview with Dani Pedrosa

At Silverstone you were forced to change tyre compounds. Have the problems and lack of confidence with these new tyres been resolved?

Dani Pedrosa:
"It is still difficult to ride with this new tyre. Obviously as the races go by we have become accustomed to them, but the limitations are still there".

Q:
How do you assess the move to 1000cc, after half a season? Is there much of a difference compared to last season?

Dani Pedrosa:
"Yes, there is a difference. Especially in the race, because the tyres last a shorter time and this causes the bike to move more, become more difficult to control, and become harder to move when entering and exiting corners. For this reason, I think this year there is little difference between the top three and the rest".

Q:
Is this new [four] cylinder bike much different to riding the 990cc [five cylinder] bike from your rookie season?

Dani Pedrosa:
"No, the way of riding with it is not very different. The power is quite similar. It is clear that the bike is different, but in terms of riding the biggest change lies in the tyres. The ones we used back then were very different compared to now and it varies things a bit".

Q:
How do you feel about the other change - sharing the track with the CRT bikes?

Dani Pedrosa:
"These are bikes that are still evolving and have not, so far, got great power. We know that the goal this year was not to match the MotoGP bikes. It is an innovation that is useful for getting more riders on the grid and offering a better show. Let's give them time".

Q:
In Estoril you got your hundredth podium in the World Championship and at Laguna Seca your 65th in MotoGP, overtaking Wayne Rainey and becoming the sixth most successful podium finisher in the premier class. Is it a motivation for you to achieve these spectacular milestones? Do you have a challenge that you have particular desire to match or beat?

Dani Pedrosa:
"It is true that I have taken many podiums in MotoGP, but I have not won as many times as I wanted. I would love to achieve more victories".

Q:
You confirmed your renewal with the Repsol Honda Team a couple of weeks ago. Your future team-mate Marc Márquez has listed you as his idol. How do you think it would have been for you if you had been Mick Doohan's team-mate in your first year?

Dani Pedrosa:
"It would be very difficult to have Doohan as a team-mate! I think he was a very tough rider... I don't know if I would have been at his level, but for sure we would have learned a lot and made things very difficult for each other on track".

Q:
Last year, you made the most of the mid-season break to recover from the crash at Le Mans, but this year you have had better luck with injuries. What plans do you have for the summer?

Dani Pedrosa:




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wired - Unregistered

July 31, 2012 8:27 PM

Pedrosa is a tiny guy riding a heavy very powerful bike. He needs his riding to be exquisitely tuned to clock in fast laps. He pushes to the limit and stays there without room of maneuvre to respond if he is overtaken. The guy doesn't lack grit. He just lacks the body build to muscle the position of the bike like the late Simoncelli could do, and taller guys like Rossi or Edwards can. Physical limitations and all, he is a fantastic rider and a joy to watch. Totally different riding style to the other 3 riders, but a smooth operator in his own right.



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