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.