MotoGP »

Pedrosa returns to scene of Le Mans accident

“We've had three good races so far, but I missed something in all of them, especially on the first laps” - Dani Pedrosa.
Dani Pedrosa returns to the scene of title-ending 2011 accident at Le Mans this weekend.

The Repsol Honda star clashed with the late-Marco Simoncelli as they battled over second place last year, causing another fractured collarbone that ruled Pedrosa out of three races and extinguished his championship chances.

The Spaniard returns fit, healthy and a close third in the 2012 standings, just 14 points behind team-mate and title leader Casey Stoner.

On the podium at all three rounds so far, Pedrosa knows it's time to start winning races to keep in touch with Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo ahead of him. The key, Pedrosa believes, is to get up to speed sooner.

"Le Mans is a hard circuit, quite similar to Estoril, a stop and go track where you need to prepare a bike with good stability, traction and acceleration,” said Pedrosa of the French GP circuit.

“In the past I felt comfortable riding there, I had good results in 125cc and 250cc, but not really perfect in MotoGP, so I have something small inside me I want to achieve. Last year I did the fastest race lap, but I couldn't keep the pace before the crash, so I want to do better this time.

“We've had three good races so far, I'm riding well, but I missed something in all of them, especially on the first laps, where I've been stronger in the past. I need to put everything together and if we get better starts, we will start winning races".

First free practice takes place at Le Mans on Friday morning.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Pedrosa, Portuguese MotoGP 2012
Jorge Lorenzo to race in Gulf 12 Hours (pic: gulf12hours.com)
Repsol chairman Antonio Brufau with Marc and Alex Marquez (pic: Repsol)
Jack Miller - CWM LCR Honda
Jack Miller - CWM LCR Honda
Jack Miller - CWM LCR Honda
Jack Miller - CWM LCR Honda
Jack Miller - CWM LCR Honda
Jack Miller - CWM LCR Honda
Jorge Martinez `Aspar` presents Marc Marquez with 2014 MotoGP world champion certificate at FIM Awards (Pic: Aspar)
Enea Bastianini makes Honda debut (pic: Gresini)
Maria Herrera tests Calvo KTM (pic: Repsol)
Fabio Quartararo prepares for rookie Moto3 season (Repsol)
Enea Bastianini makes Honda debut (pic: Gresini)
Lorenzo Baldassarri tries Forward Kalex (pic: Forward)
Marc and Alex Marquez celebrate titles in home town (pic: Repsol)
Pedrosa, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Pedrosa, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


CRT - Unregistered

May 15, 2012 5:01 PM

Soz good as Dani is he's not gonna win the championship unless something happens to "moaner" Posted by oleonhenryhonda What does Rossi have to do with this? Or where you talking about someone else? I'm trying to use the crash.net logic here and the only person 'moaning' this season (by crash.net standards) is Rossi. Tell me, what exactly was the purpose of your post? To 'get a rise' out of someone? To show your lack of knowledge? To bad mouth a rider?



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.