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Pedrosa: I immediately realised it was not my day

“In the race I immediately realised it was not my day, not a day to take any risk and it was important to simply reach the best position” – Dani Pedrosa.
Dani Pedrosa 'immediately' realized that Sunday's wet Le Mans MotoGP race wouldn't go his way and settled into a salvage operation to score as many points as possible.

The Repsol Honda star dropped quickly back to sixth, but was promoted two places when Monster Yamaha Tech 3 riders Cal Crutchlow and then Andrea Dovizioso fell.

"I had no traction out of the corners, especially in first and second gear, and I wasn't able to advance,” said Pedrosa after the race. “We made a few changes to the configuration of the bike after warm-up hoping to improve it a bit, in the end it was other way around, but these things can happen.

“In the race I immediately realised it was not my day, not a day to take any risk and it was important to simply reach the best position. I was lucky, after the crashes of both Tech 3 Yamaha's I finished fourth.

“Wet races can be like this and today was just not our day. We lost many points to Lorenzo but the Championship is very long and we will have our time.”

Pedrosa remains third in the standings, but has slipped 25 points - one race win - from Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha), with team-mate Casey Stoner 17 points ahead.

Pedrosa is now turning his focus to a home victory in Catalunya.

“This race is over and we must now think towards Catalunya. I'm really looking forward to going there, it's a circuit that motivates me a lot and I have all my family and friends with me,” he said.

“The team is working very well, we have a good bike and we've been fast in every race, but we need to be determined. Let's see if we can speed up a little and take our first win of the season in Catalunya".



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Oli - Unregistered

May 21, 2012 4:15 PM

To be honest, it was classic Dani Pedrosa. And I don't mean that as a particular criticism, more an observation. Dani is the same every season. On his day, very very fast - able to beat anyone. But those days turn up only a few times a season for him. For Lorenzo & Stoner, they do it six or seven times a season. And when Lorenzo or Stoner have a bad day, they finish second or third. When Dani has a bad day, he's fourth, fifth or sixth. And that's not a criticism because it still makes him, currently, the third best rider in the world. We'd all give out right arm to claim to be that good. But if he realistically ever wants to challenge for the title, he needs to be at his best for far more of the season. Oli

motofan

May 21, 2012 11:56 AM

Looking at the result 4th is not so bad, but looking at how he got the 4th place (both Tech 3 had crashed) and how big was the gap to 3rd, it doesnt look to good. I know they all have a crappy race now and then. And I have been a huge fan of Dani since his early days in 125, but it is time now to up the ante. As a long time fan I want to see him win, or at least fight for it.



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