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Pedrosa loses grip, podium

"I had to slide around a lot during the entire race to combat a lack of rear grip" - Dani Pedrosa.
Dani Pedrosa's 2013 campaign got off to a demoralising start as he dropped from second to fourth in Sunday's Qatar MotoGP season opener.

Last year's title runner-up had been searching for set-up solutions throughout the weekend, but was quick when it counted to secure third in qualifying. The Spaniard then repeated that position - and closed the gap to just 0.138s - in warm-up.

The promising trend continued with Pedrosa snatching second at the start of the grand prix. But he didn't have the pace to match Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo and was later passed by his both Valentino Rossi and his own team-mate Marc Marquez, riding in his first MotoGP race.

“Today's race was good, in part. I rode strongly and at a good level, although I had to slide around a lot during the entire race to combat a lack of rear grip,” he said. “I saw from the opening lap that Lorenzo was going much faster and I tried to keep my position, because I knew that on the corners the traction issue came into play.

“I tried as hard as I could to keep my position, but then Rossi came through at a blistering pace and, to tell the truth, I couldn't stop him - he went straight through. I did all that I could, but it wasn't enough.

“Maybe there was a set-up issue with the rear, because I had problems with it all weekend and we didn't have enough grip tonight. I was off the podium in the end, which is a shame considering we had some good pre-season tests and that the setup was good in those.

“For some reason, it just didn't work for us tonight."

Pedrosa's best race lap was half-a-second slower than Marquez.




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TheTruth - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 7:31 AM

To all the punks trying to put this guy down...He has one more thing to fight against at every race and that is his body size. He is as much as a fighter as any other rider, if not more...as for Marquez he is a dynamite but if I remember well Pedrosa finished second on his first MotoGP race in 2006 and Hayden 3rd. Guess who got the championship. Pedrosa was struggling with an issue yesterday and that was obvious. You could tell from a mile away. Do not underestimate anyone in MotoGP and do not try to make anyone look bad. They are all gladiators!!!



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