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Pedrosa second at Misano

"We wanted to make a change to the suspension to improve it a little but we had the opposite effect" - Dani Pedrosa.
A set-up change to Dani Pedrosa's Repsol Honda proved a backward step in Sunday's San Marino MotoGP, but the Spaniard was still able to finish second after overtaking slowing team-mate Casey Stoner.

Pedrosa had looked capable of matching Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo for pure pace after all three qualified within 0.180sec. But the pair pulled steadily away from Pedrosa in the race, until a 'worn out' Stoner began losing ground.

Pedrosa overtook his team-mate with six laps to go to claim his second runner-up finish in as many weeks.

"I'm a little disappointed with the race because the bike didn't feel as good as it was in practice. We wanted to make a change to the suspension to improve it a little but we had the opposite effect, sometimes it happens," said Pedrosa.

"From the first lap, I realised I couldn't keep up with Jorge and Casey, at the beginning the bike was closing the front and then it was sliding in the rear. The second part of the race was good, Jorge had a perfect race today, but I was able improve my times lap by lap and catch Casey.

"I overtook him and maintained my rhythm to the finish with another second place in two weeks, which it's not so bad. We've been lucky today as it was cooler than yesterday and finally the rain didn't come."

Pedrosa revealed Stoner isn't the only rider looking forward to the two-week break before Aragon.

"It's been two very demanding races in a row and this one in particular was perhaps the toughest of the season so far, as the circuit is challenging with so many hard braking areas and it has been very hot again, also after Indy it has been difficult to recover from the jet lag and fatigue," said Pedrosa.

"Let's hope we can get some rest and be stronger for Aragon".

Pedrosa, who missed three races through injury, remains fourth in the championship, 15 points ahead of Ben Spies and 35 behind team-mate Andrea Dovizioso.



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Ritchy - Unregistered

September 05, 2011 12:00 PM

George,not only are you wrong,you are wrong twice! How the hell can the guy who is 3rd in the championship ,Dovi,be a novelty act? Jezza,Why should Simoncelli take Pedrosas ride? Has he beaten Pedrosa in a single race this season? Apart from LeMans where his banzai charge wiped out Pedrosas chances of winning the title.

racer55 - Unregistered

September 05, 2011 1:14 PM

So when Spies beats his Yamaha teammate Lorenzo at Indianapolis it's okay but when Pedrosa beats his Honda teammate Stoner, now all of a sudden Stoner is "alone in the team", "fighting against everybody", etc etc. Some people commenting here are dumb.



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