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Exhausted third for Pedrosa

"By the middle of the race, I was very tired, almost finished" - Dani Pedrosa.
Dani Pedrosa was in contention for his second MotoGP victory in a row for the first half of Sunday's US Grand Prix, until his weakened physical conditions began to take its toll.

Pedrosa took second from Repsol Honda team-mate Casey Stoner at the start, and kept within touch of Yamaha's race leader Jorge Lorenzo for the first half of the 32-lap race.

But by then Pedrosa, who missed three races after fracturing his collarbone in May, felt physically 'finished'.

The former US GP winner was overtaken by eventual race winner Stoner on lap 18 of 32 and went on to finish almost four-seconds from runner-up Lorenzo.

"I'm very happy with another podium, the second after my come back from injury," said Dani. "I couldn't have predicted this result before coming to Laguna, because I knew it would be physically very tough for me and it has been great to keep up with the pace of Casey and Jorge in these past two races.

"Today, by the middle of the race, I was very tired, almost finished, I couldn't get my left arm strong enough and here at this track you don't rest for a moment, so I had to drop. It's been quite difficult to set up the bike this weekend, I had a lack of grip generally, but the team worked very well.

"Now we have some holidays and it will be good for me to have some days off to rest and relax my muscles and be back training to arrive fully fit in Brno".

Pedrosa's fifth podium of the season means he is now back ahead of Valentino Rossi for fourth in the championship.



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hoppy

July 25, 2011 3:09 PM

Repsol Fail.The only pattern i can see is the constant sh*t that you post.Wrap up ffs! Dani may well have been finished by half way distance but by God it didnt stop him trying.Third step of the podium is far from a disgrace.Laguna is a very physical track with practically no let up on the riders,so i was not surprised to see Dani start to flag a bit but he hung in there and landed on the podium.Cant ask for more than that.Great ride.

motofan - Unregistered

July 25, 2011 1:53 PM

It was to be predicted that Dani would not be able to push for the whole race. He looked good at the beginning. But he almost fell off the bike in the parc firma. Great effort by him. Another podium with still injured collarbone. I hope he will get better during the break. The second half of the season may be very interesting and I hope it will be because of this little Spanish fella on a bloody fast Honda.



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