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Exhausted Pedrosa 'had nothing left in reserve'

'Casey stayed behind me all the time and by the second half of the race, I believe he took profit of extra energy he saved during the first part of the race to overtake me' - Dani Pedrosa
A worn out Dani Pedrosa feels a flawed strategy cost him victory in the Dutch TT at Assen on Saturday.

The Repsol Honda rider was overtaken by team-mate and reigning world champion Casey Stoner in the closing stages of the race after the pair capitalised on pre-race favourite Jorge Lorenzo's unfortunate crash to dominate throughout.

Pedrosa says he began to tire as the race reached a conclusion, losing him valuable tenths of a second and will reassess his gameplan for the next round of the MotoGP World Championship in Germany.

“Looking at the lap times we did during the weekend, I knew I had better rhythm than Casey, so I made a good start and tried to pull away from the first laps,” he said.

“Casey stayed behind me all the time and by the second half of the race, I believe he took profit of extra energy he saved during the first part of the race to overtake me.

“Our pace was very good in the race, the bike worked very well but maybe I just chose the wrong strategy this time,” added the Spanish rider.

“At the end of the race, the bike felt heavy with change of direction due to tiredness and it was enough to slow me down from 1'35 to 1'36 for just two laps, and I lost ground, but this is racing. I hope to do a better strategy next week in Germany.”

Pedrosa's runner-up finish consolidated his third place in the standings and he is now back in title contention - 19 points behind joint leaders Lorenzo and Stoner.



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Roadrunner - Unregistered

June 30, 2012 5:12 PM

Don't have the necessary talents to beat better riders consistently? Not consistent enough? My a... He may not be as good as Casey or Jorge, but he's arguably one of the three best riders out there. Some riders are praised to the skies for achieving a single podium, while Dani gets slagged off for a 2nd position. This was his 103rd podium and his 62nd in the premier class. Now imagine how many he could have had without all those injuries. And then you call him inconsistent?

motofan

June 30, 2012 5:58 PM

Not so long ago everyone here was yelling that his size gives him an advantage over other riders! Next week is Sachsenring which is Pedrosas land, so I hope that he will FINALLY get the firts win of the season. And BTW, tired or not, I do believe that there was some problem with the Bridgestones. In the parc ferme the mechanics quickly covered the tyres with heating blankets on all 3 motorcycles. Weird to say the least...



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