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MotoGP Valencia: Pedrosa 'It has been a tough season'

“It has been a tough season with several problems here and there and I couldn't really perform at my best" - Dani Pedrosa.
Dani Pedrosa wrapped up a 'tough' 2014 MotoGP season with third place at Valencia on Sunday.

The Repsol Honda star was already confirmed as finishing fourth in the world championship and determined to reach the flag after DNFs in the previous two events.

Pedrosa was initially able to stay in touch with race winning team-mate Marc Marquez and Yamaha's Valentino Rossi, but dropped back when intermittent rain began to fall, fearing a repeat of his Aragon accident.

“It was hard, especially in the laps when there was more rain,” said Pedrosa. “Basically the first two turns were quite dry but the others more wet. And sure Aragon came into my mind! It was difficult to calculate because you couldn't really see how wet it was and you were going from dry to wet.

“It was during that time that I lost touch with Marc and Vale. I didn't want to crash, because I crashed in Sepang and didn't finish Phillip Island, as well as what happened at Aragon. So I decided I had to finish the race.”

Pedrosa crossed the line eleven-seconds behind runner-up Rossi and three-seconds ahead of Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso.

Reflecting on his worst championship result since an injury-interrupted 2011 season, Pedrosa - who took one race win - commented:

“It has been a tough season with several problems here and there and I couldn't really perform at my best. But you have to take the positives and learn from it. I'm looking forward to improving and coming back stronger next year.

“Over the next few days we have some testing here and we will try to get the best out of the bike for the next test, which comes in February.”

Valencia was Pedrosa's last race with crew chief Mike Leitner, at his side since before joining MotoGP in 2006. Data engineer Ramon Aurin will take on the role in 2015.

Tagged as: Honda , Dani Pedrosa

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November 09, 2014 7:47 PM

I like Dani a lot! But obviously one of the problems is MM. Everybody expects Dani to do better since MM did such an incredible job. And I somewhat agree. The other thing is that he's never won the championship. After so many years, people start complaining, saying he doesn't deserve the ride. Somehow he wasn't even able to show off his strenghts this season. I haven't seen a typical Dani-start in the beginning of a race in a very long time.

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