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Pedrosa: Stoner is a winner

“We are team-mates, but we are both winners and if Casey comes back it is because he wants to win the last races of his career” – Dani Pedrosa.
Dani Pedrosa has ruled out asking Repsol Honda team-mate Casey Stoner to assist with his MotoGP title challenge.

Despite victory at Aragon on Sunday, Pedrosa has just four races left in which to bridge a sizeable 33-point gap to Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo.

Like Pedrosa, reigning double world champion Stoner has won four races this season - but has been absent for the last three rounds following ankle surgery and is now out of the title fight.

The Australian, who is to retire at the end of this year, hopes to return to MotoGP action at the forthcoming Japanese Grand Prix in mid-October.

“You win a championship because you are better overall than everyone else. Not because you get any help,” said Pedrosa.

“We have seen some cases where a rider needs some points and a team-mate lets him by, maybe after a crash or something.

“But Casey is a winner and I wouldn't ask him to do anything like this.

“We are team-mates, but we are both winners and if he comes back I think it is because he wants to win the last races of his career.”

Pedrosa added that he is simply viewing each race in isolation.

“To be clear, I will just try to do a good race every Sunday and not think about what [Lorenzo] is doing.”

The Spaniard also played down the possibility of any tactical riding, such as slowing the pace to try and get other riders involved in the victory battle.

“Those things you can do in 125cc or Moto3, but with these bikes it is not so easy,” he said. “The race pace is the race pace and you cannot stop it.”

While Pedrosa doesn't expect any favours from Stoner, Lorenzo feels his return will make life harder.

“For sure Casey will make my life more difficult and it only takes one small mistake to lose our advantage,” said the 2010 champion. “We have to improve our bike so we have the option to win more races.”

Pedrosa needs to gain an average of 8.25 points per race to catch Lorenzo.

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The truth hurts. - Unregistered

October 01, 2012 11:25 AM

Stoner takes part in races to win,not to assist others.Dani is a grown man and can look after himself thank you very much.He wouldnt want to win the championship by having outside assistance anyway.If Pedro wins he wants that victory to be from his own skill and not from being helped.Stoner may indirectly assist Pedro by taking point from Lorenzo,but he wont be deliberately helping Pedro to win.

636stunter - Unregistered

October 01, 2012 12:18 PM

I hope Dani doesn't get too dis-heartened if he doesn't win it this year, the way he has ridden these last few races he has proven to everybody including himself just how good he is capable of being, if he can carry this momentum and determination on into next season and ride this way from the very first race then he will be a force to be reckoned with!

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