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Dani Pedrosa - Q&A

A Repsol generated Q&A with injured 2013 MotoGP title contender Dani Pedrosa.
Double 2013 MotoGP race winner Dani Pedrosa lost the title lead after fracturing his collarbone at the Sachsenring.

The Spaniard returned just a week later to claim a brave fifth place in the US GP and starts the summer break 16 points behind rookie Repsol Honda team-mate Marc Marquez...

Q:
How is your body after Laguna Seca?

Dani Pedrosa:
"Honestly, I'm very happy. Whenever you make a big effort and take risks like I did at the United States Grand Prix, getting good results and points is very rewarding."

Q:
You're 16 points off the lead. What evaluation do you make of the previous races?

Dani Pedrosa:
"Overall I think the level has been good. We've ridden well, although we have not ridden every race to perfection and we have lost many points in the last three GPs. Perhaps our weak point has been consistency, but we are still fighting for the title. Heading into the second half of the season, we need to improve on this in the fight for the title."

Q:
In what ways do you think you and the bike have to improve in the second half of the year?

Dani Pedrosa:
"In every race we've had some differences to the competition. There have been several factors influencing the behaviour of the bike, such as the heat, cold, etc., and it has been very difficult to compensate for that. In a few races we have seen complete equality; there has always been an advantage for Honda or Yamaha.

“That's why it has been very difficult as a rider to make a difference in that regard. However, we have managed second position. We can say that we have had good races, and we have focused on not making mistakes when we were not in a position to fight for the win."

Q:
How did the crash in Germany affect your season?

Dani Pedrosa:
"We lost the ability to score points. We didn't get any at Sachsenring and we lost some points at Laguna Seca due to injury. Hopefully everything is behind us now and in the second half of the season we can make a good run to the end of the Championship."

Q:
With riders like Marquez and Lorenzo, are errors recoverable?

Dani Pedrosa:
"Luckily for me, they have also made mistakes. Maybe Marquez is the one who has made the least, and that is why he is the leader. You can see the trend of this World Championship, that he who makes fewest mistakes gets the most points. But, in case you make a mistake, you can always recover if the other rider does too. In fact, last year we did so, although it is much more difficult."

Q:
What has surprised you most about Marc's adaptation?

Dani Pedrosa:
"I am mostly surprised with how quickly he learns things; he does not take long to learn."

Q:
How do you approach the second half of the year?

Dani Pedrosa:
"With enthusiasm and strength. With determination to have a good second half of the season and get good points at every race."

Q:
Which GP are you most looking forward to racing?

Dani Pedrosa:
"No one particular race. I try to go race-by-race. So right now I am just thinking about Indianapolis, which is the first race after the break."

Q:
To win, do you have to suffer or have fun?

Dani Pedrosa:
“Both! Mainly you have to have fun, you have to like what you do. But during the race there are times when you suffer.”

Q:
Will we see the Dani of the second half of 2012?

Dani Pedrosa:


Tagged as: Lorenzo , Dani Pedrosa , West , Marquez

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TalentFan

July 31, 2013 1:54 PM

"8 years on a Repsol Honda with nothing to show for it yet. Good job he's likeable." Apart of course from consistent podiums and wins and having amassed huge points reliably every season for Honda's Manufacturer WC. Always a contender, evn if the biggest prize of a riders WC has eluded him (& with better luck that might well have been different). Nothing to show for it? Hardly.



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