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Pedrosa 'disappointed' by US GP fall

Dani Pedrosa's 2010 MotoGP title chances could well have been left in the Laguna Seca gravel trap, after falling from the lead on lap 12 of Sunday's US Grand Prix.

Winner one week earlier in Germany, the Repsol Honda rider came into the event 47 points behind Jorge Lorenzo, and had a fighting chance of scoring his first ever back-to-back MotoGP wins as he scorched into the lead from fourth on the grid.

But Pedrosa didn't escape and by lap ten Lorenzo was putting his fellow Spaniard under serious pressure.

Choosing to put up a fight, rather than roll over an admit defeat, Pedrosa 'took risks' and was subsequently caught out by a bump on the entry to turn five.

“At the time I that I crashed I was pushing hard to maintain the gap to Lorenzo and my rhythm was good," said Pedrosa. "Unfortunately though I hit a bump on the way into the corner and I couldn't do anything - I was down.

"It's very very disappointing obviously but this can happen when you're trying everything to win. You have to push as much as you can and take risks - and I really wanted to win this race."

Instead, Lorenzo went on to claim his sixth win from nine races and is now 72 points, almost three race wins, ahead of Pedrosa as the season reached its halfway point.

"The one thing we can do now is to remember that we were having a good race until this moment, and we were leading the race - this is what I want to take from the weekend," said Dani. "You cannot sit there with your arms crossed thinking about what could have been.

"For the whole weekend me and the team were working well and we put ourselves in a winning position. It hasn't worked out for us but we'll come back fighting at the next one.”

"Dani was unlucky to crash and this can happen when you're going all out for victory," sympathised team manager Toshiyuki Yamaji.

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Fastfisheye - Unregistered

July 26, 2010 8:46 AM

Amazing how many posters knock Dani when he has shown over the years he is a super fast and competitive rider. Many people calling for him to be dropped by HRC when he always ends up 2/3 in the championship. There are a lot of misconceptions regarding Dani... He cannot fight it out in a straight dice... sure not one of his strong points but I guess nobody remembers his 3 world titles in smaller classes. Kick out everyone who finishes second or lower in the title race??? Duh !! His weight benefits his speed... on the start yes but during the race his small size is a disadvantage in wrestling the bike. He never smiles... so what, he is focussed on his job and not a clown like 2 other

yep - Unregistered

July 26, 2010 10:08 AM

Gotta agree with Fastfisheye there, always the same people slagging Dani off and always going for the same untrue stereotypes. I find it fascinating how there's every time a huge percentage of people going "I always knew he would be great!" when a rider does one good race and one race later they all go "Oh, I always knew he'll never win anything!". Is it really so hard to keep a balanced view that's free of stereotypes and not immediately forget everything that happened before the last race? Riders suddenly have a huge "fan"base in comments when they win and then the next race without a win all those "fans" are gone again and people just slag the riders off. It's pathetic.

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