MotoGP »'s Top 10 MotoGP Riders - 5th

While it wasn't quite the title challenge both he and Repsol Honda had targeted, Dani Pedrosa overcame injury in 2009 to add two more wins to his growing tally
As the man once touted to take the fight to Valentino Rossi, Dani Pedrosa's thunder has been stolen somewhat in recent seasons by the likes of Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo as they continue to make a convincing pitch for the role of 'pretender to the throne'.

It was a similar story in 2009, Pedrosa getting slightly overshadowed as the attention focused in on Rossi versus Lorenzo, even if by the season's end he was beginning to regularly get on terms with his rivals.

For the most part, Pedrosa enjoyed a good season on the Repsol Honda, particularly given he spent the majority of the pre-season recovering from injury. Save for a tentative 11th place finish at the Qatar curtain raiser, Pedrosa was straight back on form for Motegi with a third place finish.

Second on home ground at Jerez followed, while a third at Le Mans put Pedrosa in a good position in the standings overall.

Crucially, however, retirements in two of the next three races would see Pedrosa slip out of contention, and while he would make some amends with victory at Laguna Seca, it still left him too much ground to make up over the remainder of the year.

A fall from the lead at Indianapolis, on a weekend Pedrosa otherwise dominated, didn't aid his cause either, but a run of five podiums in the final five races – including a win at the Valencia season finale – served as a reminder that the Spaniard and the Repsol Honda are still a competitive force.

Stoner's warm-up lap accident also helped Pedrosa leapfrog the Australian to third in the standings to make it a trio of 'medals' in the overall standings. However, with Honda itching to get on terms with Yamaha, Pedrosa recognises third won't be good enough in 2010…


Team: Repsol Honda Team
Bike: Honda RC212V

Championship position: 3rd
Points: 234

Races: 17
Pole positions: 2
Victories: 2
Podiums: 11
Best results: 1st (Laguna Seca, Valencia)
Points finishes: 15

Top 10 MotoGP Rider of the Year 2008: 6th

Top 10 MotoGP Rider of the Year 2009:

6 - Marco Melandri
7 - Andrea Dovizioso
8 - Toni Elias
9 - Loris Capirossi
10 - Nicky Hayden

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December 17, 2009 4:56 PM

So I assume the top four will be Rossi, Lorenzo, Stoner, and Edwards. Three of these I tend to agree are better than or at least as good as Dani. But not Edwards. He might be the best of the rest but no way he is equal to Pedrosa. Ask yourself if Pedrosa had been on a Yamaha would he have beaten Colin this year? Like a drum... I'm no fan of Pedrosa, BTW. But if he can stay healthy and Honda makes a good bike he is a strong championship contender. People tend to forget about him with the theatrics of the other three aliens. The Crash list was questionable by the inclusion of underachiever Elias, it is now laughable putting Edwards ahead of Dani.

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