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Cautious Pedrosa misses out on third overall

Dani Pedrosa's cautious end to the Valencia Grand Prix costs him the chance to overhaul Andrea Dovizioso for third in the overall standings.
Dani Pedrosa says he will focus on improving his performance in dicey weather conditions after plummeting down the order from second to fifth place in the closing stages of the Valencia Grand Prix.

The Spaniard went into the race with an eye on overhauling Repsol Honda team-mate Andrea Dovizioso for third in the standings, but while they spent much of the race disputing second position, drizzle in the closing stages prompted Pedrosa to ease off.

Dropping back rapidly, Pedrosa slipped into the clutches of Cal Crutchlow and Karel Abraham, eventually crossing the line in fifth position. Though disappointed with the result, Pedrosa is already focusing on the 2012 season.

"It wasn't an easy race. I did my best, trying hard but I wasn't feeling good on the bike, I was rigid and didn't ride very well. But especially in the end with more water on the track I struggled a lot as in Australia, so this is something I will try to improve with my riding in the future. I had a good battle with Andrea and in the last laps I lost a place to Cal Crutchlow, but I couldn't do any more.

“Andrea and I were on a soft front tyre and we were maybe struggling a little more than Ben or Cal who were on a hard front, but it's not an excuse. I just want to move forward and think about next year and the test we have on Tuesday. It has been a tough year, but we will try to take the positives from here and be optimistic for the 2012.”

Pedrosa ends the 2011 season fourth overall with three victories to his name, though any hopes of a title challenge were scuppered by a collarbone injury that ruled him out for three events.

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November 06, 2011 9:23 PM

Given he has already had 2 collarbone surgeries this year and seems to break something every time he falls off i'm not at all surprised he backed off. I don't blame him for it either - he's got nothing to prove by racing a man he has comprehensively outclassed for the past few seasons for 3rd in the championship. I'd rather see him fully fit so he can push for the championship next season. And people saying honda should have won championships in the last few seasons had they had someone else on the bike should get real. The honda has came on leaps and bounds from last year whereas they yamaha reverted back to some of the '10 stuff because their bike was so good last year. Check out Ben Spies comments after Indy last year if you doubt how much he was overriding that thing last year to just keep lorenzo in sight.

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