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Le Mans: Pedrosa 'This one is so special for me'
20 May 2013
Dani Pedrosa finally won the French MotoGP at his eighth attempt on Sunday.
When Pedrosa reached the premier-class in 2006, he had won the three previous Le Mans races as a 125 and then 250cc rider.
But the typically cool conditions meant the 51kg Spaniard had trouble generating heat in the MotoGP-class tyres and Pedrosa had claimed a best result of third ahead of Sunday's grand prix.
The drought came to an end during an action-packed wet race, which saw Pedrosa battle Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso for the first half of the grand prix before escaping to his 24th victory in the premier-class.
“This one is so special for me,” smiled Pedrosa. “I was winning here in 125 and 250 but it's been many, many years trying to win here in MotoGP. I've always had trouble with the weather and had trouble warming up the tyres n the wet or the dry. So I'm super happy with this one.
“It was a long race and I was so focussed. I made a good start initially, but when I rode across the finish line [markings] I had a lot of wheelspin and lost some positions.
“The first few laps were very tricky with the rear tyre. Just touch the throttle and the bike was spinning. So I spent these laps warming up the tyre and staying with the front group.
“I also made a few mistakes and came close to running into the gravel! I pushed hard to recover the gap and had a good fight with Dovi. I was a little stronger in places but I was surprised Dovi was riding fast for a long time.
“When the track got dryer at the end I just tried to manage the gap and bring this victory home.”
Pedrosa's back-to-back wins have also moved him into the title lead by six points over Repsol Honda team-mate Marc Marquez, who claimed third place behind Cal Crutchlow (Tech 3 Yamaha) on Sunday.
“Leading the championship is so special also. Hoping to go to Mugello and have the same chance,” Pedrosa added.