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MotoGP Valencia: Pedrosa: Respect necessary but riders need results

"I need results for me, for my team. This is what counts the most. So I need to go full for it" - Dani Pedrosa.
Dani Pedrosa voiced his opinion on whether riders are entitled to fight with a championship challenger in race circumstances and felt a mutual respect wasn't evident between Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez in Sepang.

Overlooked through most of the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend, Pedrosa stormed to a convincing victory – his second in three races - in the heat and humidity while the now infamous clash ensured the double 250cc world champion remained out of the spotlight.

Asked on Thursday whether he felt a rider with no chance of world championship glory was correct to engage in battle with one who did, Pedrosa was adamant that each competitor needs to ride for himself.

“There is a part of this which is like a respect between the riders. At the same time it's not written. I don't think there was much respect in the last situation we did [Sepang] for all. I don't think it [the rule] is something we should look for really.

“We race for one team and you have to do your own race. This is the most important. It's not written but at the same time I have not benefited from that. I would look more in the positive way than the negative way. Right now I'm sitting here with no title chances. I would be happier if I had a chance. Sure, there is respect from the riders but at the same time riders need results.

“If you look at my situation I did not make such good results in the start of the season. Now I'm starting to get good results. I look for my results more than the rule, the unwritten rule. I need results for me, for my team. This is what counts the most. I need results so I need to go full for it.”

Pedrosa opted not to voice an opinion on the Rossi-Marquez clash at Sepang, while claiming it was better to wait until the furore has calmed down before discussing the 'grey area' in the rule book with race direction.

He then went on to state that he was unfazed his victory almost went somewhat unnoticed.

“I'm not really racing to get all the attention of the people. I race because I like it. I like to win and have these kind of feelings and emotions. Sure, if it was less in the press my victory than the clash that happened in track. My emotions were not affected by that. I was super happy.

“I'm happy because I always stick to my values. I always want to do the things that I feel and it's good that people recognise that.”

Looking towards the final race of 2015, the man who has scored 61 points from the last three races is hopeful the warmer conditions forecasted for the weekend will favour the current RC213V.

“I'm thinking more ahead, more on myself. [I want] To try and keep my pace. We have been improving a lot and racing in a good pace. That's what I'm looking for. Here it is a home crowd and the last race of the season.

“Overcoming a super hard situation and now being able to do such a good result for myself is what I'm looking for, to bring that level up. It brings me more up and goes towards a good testing and a good beginning of next year. This is my main [goal] for this weekend.

“We will try to do our best in our way to manage. It looks like it's going to be good weather. This helps with what we have. This year it looks like more unstable and more cold we had more problems.

“When it's warmer we get better feelings with the bike, or at least with all the problems we have. We slide so much on the entry that when it's more warm you feel better the tyre, even if it is sliding, you have more confidence. So we'll see. Hard braking [corners will be the most problematic].”

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November 05, 2015 6:53 PM

Really starting to respect Pedrosa. I've not been a fan of him for many years, but he's starting to come into his own, and he seems a lot more balanced as a person now. Good luck to him for this final race, and for all of next year. Glad to see his arm pump surgery was a success too. Well done Dani #26

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