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Pedrosa: I was suffering a lot.

Dani Pedrosa produced a stunning performance to charge from 14th on the grid to sixth place just before the midway point of Monday night's Qatar season-opener.

However, the 24-year-old began to experience some vibration from his front wheel and started slipping back through the field - then suffered a spectacular collision with Alex de Angelis, who slammed into the side of Pedrosa's Repsol Honda.

Pedrosa - at '60-70 percent' fitness after recent knee and forearm surgery - remained in control of his RCV, but dropped back to eleventh at the finish line to claim five hard-earned points.

Race Direction investigated the incident with de Angelis but no punishment was given. “de Angelis gave me a big hit,” said Pedrosa. “The collision was avoidable I think because he could have passed me cleanly.”

Pedrosa said that the final result justified his decision to ride, despite the pain.

“I'm glad to have come here and scored five points - though I'm also slightly disappointed because it could even have been ten or eleven,” he said. “I got a good start and the race was going very well at the beginning.

“After seven or eight laps, though, I had started to get some vibration with the front wheel which became more severe as the race progressed. I started to lose grip at the front and my lap times suffered, so we'll have to check what the issue was.

“I also suffered a lot physically… My knee was giving me a lot of pain by the end and my left arm was pretty tired too. Still, we came away having completed the race and with a few points, which was our target, so I'm happy.”

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#3 = #1 !!!! - Unregistered

April 14, 2009 8:37 AM

Dani Pedrosa is the best! He's the most talented rider out there! He will claim topspot again this year!!!! Wait 'n see... LOrenzo v.s Pedrosa that's what a'm focusing on! This is more interesting! They will dominate motogp for a long long time!! Rossi is getting older. And Yes, stoner is a serious treat, but we will b eat him in the other tracks (like jerez) etc.

Anti Nicky Apoligizers - Unregistered

April 14, 2009 4:08 AM

Enough with the crying for Nicky's crying ... that was 3 years ago ancient history. Yes, Pedrosa made Nicky cry ... cry like a big spoiled red faced baby (yes you remember that look ... embarassing wasn't it?). Get over it. Nicky still eeked out the gifted championship. Quit trying to demonize cute adorable sweet soft spoken Pedrosa and his mentor. All you haters are mentally retarded if you think Nicky can ever come close to getting another gift. Sorry, it was a once in a lifetime miracle. No mas! Move on.

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