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MotoGP Americas: Pedrosa: We need to make a step forward

'Our pace in the first two rounds hasn't been as good as we would've liked, and we absolutely need to keep working to find some more speed' - Dani Pedrosa.
Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa admits he needs to make a step forward to throw himself into the podium mix as he prepares for this weekend's third round of the MotoGP World Championship in Austin, Texas.

Pedrosa was gifted a podium finish in Argentina after both factory Ducati riders crashed out on the final lap an admits he needs to find something extra with the RC213V to be regularly challenging for the top three.

The Spanish rider lies third in the championship standings after the opening two rounds and makes his return to the Circuit of the Americas after missing the event in 2015, when he had undergone surgery for arm pump and was replaced by HRC test rider Hiroshi Aoyama.

Pedrosa, runner-up in Austin in 2013 and 2014, said: “I'm looking forward to this round. There's something special about the atmosphere of the American races, and besides, this is a track that I like very much.

“I didn't make it here last year, but I made the podium the previous two seasons so the memories of the track are good.

“Our pace in the first two rounds hasn't been as good as we would've liked, and we absolutely need to keep working to find some more speed,” he added.

“All in all, we're third in the championship, and we need to make a step forward if we want to fight for the podium at every race.”



Tagged as: Dani Pedrosa , aoyama

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TrueFan

April 05, 2016 6:43 PM

ElbowDown93: i think Honda are intentionally ignoring Dani.. etc...don't think that Honda are helping Dani even half of what they have been providing for Marquez..
This year the tyres are significantly different, and the standard software has impacted Honda more than other manufacturers. Other Honda riders have complained about traction control cutting in down the straight, and generally not working as it should. Such problems could affect Pedrosa more due to his lighter weight...maybe. Whatever, he will be working through it. He hasn't lost his talent. Marquez is often underestimated on here. Yes he's loose and sometimes wild, but he's undeniably good. Hopefully Dani and his team will sort out the bike - if not in Texas, then within the next couple of races. If they can, he's still close enough to challenge.

SmoothCriminal

April 06, 2016 9:04 AM
Last Edited 97 days ago

ElbowDown93: i think Honda are intentionally ignoring Dani..letting him struggle..their more experienced rider . they don't want Dani to be fighting for the podiums or wins because he is a threat to marquez. it is a little hard to believe dani's situation now with his bike after a very good finish to his season last year. Eveyone had been saying before the season had started that the new tyres will suit Dani and he is a title favourite this year. I personally don't think that Honda are helping Dani even half of what they have been providing for Marquez..
You know this constant jealousy towards Marquez is getting Tiresome. "He's not good enough!", "He'll never be as good as VR!", "He gets special treatments!", "Honda is 1000 times better than what VR is riding!". It was the same for stoner and boy how VR was proved wrong when he switched to Ducati.



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