Dani Pedrosa backed out of a risky last turn 'do or die' pass on Repsol Honda team-mate Casey Stoner, for second place in Sunday's British MotoGP at Silverstone.
Pedrosa spent the closing laps shadowing reigning champion Stoner, after working his way up from seventh place on lap one.
“Everybody was so aggressive in the first lap. I lost a lot of ground, but I saw Jorge [Lorenzo] a couple of positions ahead and I could see from his body language he was not nervous and just waiting his moment.
“So I felt he would be the guy to follow. But I had an intense fight with Dovi. Passing each other and Jorge got away.
“Through mid-race I was in third. My bike felt completely different from the first laps to the end so I was trying to adapt all the time. Then I caught Casey, but it looked like he increased his pace a little, so we were going faster in the end.
“I followed him for the last five or six laps. I could see we were both spinning in the same place and having the same movements, even though he was using the soft front. So it was an interesting view.”
At the previous Catalunya round, Pedrosa had lost the lead to Lorenzo due to a slide and wheelie coming onto the back straight late in the race. At Silverstone the same kind of incident cost him his best chance of overtaking Stoner.
“In the very last lap I tied to catch him again and on the entry to the back straight I opened the throttle really hard to get on his slipstream, but I had a really big slide and a wheelie. I lost the momentum and his slipstream and couldn't get him,” said Pedrosa.
With an out-braking move into Stowe thwarted, there was just one more corner remaining (pictured).
“I tried again at the last chicane but I was too far back and I saw the image of the two Repsols on the ground!” smiled Pedrosa, who infamously collided with team-mate and title leader Nicky Hayden at Estoril in 2006.
“I went wide so I didn't get him and settled down for third.”
Pedrosa has been on the podium at five of the six rounds this year, but is still seeking a victory and is already 39-points behind Lorenzo.