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Pedrosa to fight for home win

Dani Pedrosa kept his hopes of claiming two-wins-a-season for a fourth successive year intact, by qualifying second for Sunday's Valencia season finale.

The home hero, who won at Laguna Seca earlier in 2009, put his Repsol Honda within 0.263sec of Casey Stoner's Ducati as he jumped ahead of Fiat Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi in the closing minutes of the hour.

The fast-starting Spaniard will begin the 16th and final round eleven points behind third in the championship Stoner, while Honda are eleven points in front of Ducati in the fight for second in the constructors' championship.

“The front row is the important thing though, and now I'm really looking forward to tomorrow's race,” said Pedrosa, who finished second to Stoner at Valencia last year but won in 2007. “I think everyone's motivation for this race is very high and it should be a good battle - and a difficult one. I hope I'm there at the front fighting for the win because this would be a great way to finish the season for me and for the team.

“The other riders are strong though, so it won't be easy. I'm excited about tomorrow and I hope to find that little bit extra on race day. For sure there will be many fans here as always and the atmosphere will be very special.

Pedrosa is now seeking further set-up improvements in time for the race. “We're still not at 100 per cent in set-up terms - especially in T3 where we're losing some time,” he declared.

On the other side of the Repsol Honda garage, Andrea Dovizioso qualified just tenth, putting fifth in the championship under threat from Colin Edwards, who will start the race from fifth on the grid and just four points behind the Italian.

“So, we really need another good start tomorrow,” said Dovizioso. “We proved that was possible at the last race where I qualified quite far back but came through quickly. However, I'm frustrated with how today went because we were much closer in the morning but couldn't convert that into a competitive qualifying performance. In race trim we have one second to improve to be on the pace.”

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Jack - Unregistered

November 07, 2009 6:28 PM

It makes complete nonsense to say that Pedrosa is a fading star or that he is better or worse than rider X or Y, since the only way to compare riders is to have them ride on the same machinery. He's beaten Hayden and Dovizioso fair and square, he's beaten Stoner on Honda machinery (of course Stoner was on a satellite bike and crashed a hell of a lot that season and he's improved since then, so that's not a fair comparison) and he has dominated the 250cc class. Also don't forget that Burgess loss to Yamaha has not been trivial for Honda. These are facts, and time will tell if he'll be champion or not, but all the negative comments above are just hateful personal opinions.

concerned - Unregistered

November 07, 2009 7:17 PM

Honda stated, the reason Rossi won so much, was because their bike was so much better. Not only was it an insult to Rossi, also to Burgess as chief engineer. Both went to Yamaha and turned it into a winning bike. Something no one else could do. It took Honda 4 years to equal Rossi s win tally in his first Yamaha year. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

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