Dani Pedrosa got a 300km/h scare when he slipstreamed past Valentino Rossi for third place, on lap 16 of Sunday's Aragon MotoGP.

Rossi - making an early return from a broken leg - had been reeled in by the Repsol Honda rider and drifted defensively to the left along the main straight.

Pedrosa felt the Italian should have left him more room, the pair being just centimetres apart as he was squeezed to the edge of the track.

After the race, in parc ferme, Pedrosa said: "Unfortunately, Valentino did a strange move to me on the main straight. He closed the door completely in the left at 300k. Too tight to not give room. So not so nice, but fortunately I could pass him."

Asked to explain the incident further in the post-race press conference, Pedrosa added:

"I didn’t see the TV images so I only can say from my feeling on the bike. And when I was on the bike I think it was very close! I cannot judge what he saw, but obviously you know, you feel, that you are getting overtaken.

"For sure, at the beginning he didn’t see me. But once you get alongside, you just try to give room to the other rider. But I was on the line. The handlebars were like this [a centiremetre apart] and we were at 300k's. I don’t think you need to force the issue that much - because the risk at this speed, the margin for error is very small.

"But I had good drive and enough speed so I didn’t get 'stuck' with his speed. Because sometimes when you are overtaking in the slipstream, if you are too close, let’s say your speed 'stops' when you get alongside the other guy. Like happened to me one lap or two laps before with Dovi. But fortunately I could still keep going and get out of that sandwich!"

Rossi dismissed criticism of the move, saying it is normal to ride to the left to try and avoid handing a slipstream to the rider behind.

"You know, if he’s not happy Pedrosa, have to race alone I think! This is what I think, because everyone did the same to me when they want to overtake, especially on the last lap.

"But sincerely in the exit from turn 14, you always go to the left. Maybe this was one metre more. I don’t know. Maybe these riders think that they own the track!"

Pedrosa went on to finish second and Rossi fifth.


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Much to do about nothing.  Pedrosa gets the holeshot, he probably wins.

Rossifumi has some serious grit.  Heart of a champion.

It was already very obvious Rossi was drifting to the left, when Pedrosa tried to overtake him.

It was Pedrosa that chose to stick his bike where there was virtually no room and whilst Rossi was moving to the left further still, so if anything Pedrosa should have let off or not try it there in the first place.


Why would the rider in front have to move over for you?

Great response from Rossi. Perhaps Pedrobot should have used his brain and slipstreamed on the right instead. Why should a Rossi 'gift' a pass? Not his job to worry what the rider behind is going to do.

The rider in front ALWAYS has the right of way no matter how good a slipstream is.  The only time you're ever required to move or yield to another rider is if you're about to be lapped or you gain an unfair advantage by running off track; then you must return the position.  Also interesting that no one is mentioning the super hard pass vinales pulled on Rossi earlier in the race where he pushed Vale from the inside of the track all the way to the white and red line, on his broken leg side no less. Half of racing is having a good defense. It's rare to hear Vale or MM say anything even if there is some light contact so I think Pedro my just be a little frustrated that he isn't where he wants to be this year and he has no injuries to blame it on this time...

yeah can see Pedro's point but it's racing Casey! 

theres no ill intent. just make your charge earlier so you have a chance of winning!!

I like u Pedro but u are clearly on the wrong this time.. U have done worst to others as well..Remember Dovi u torpedoed,Hayden etc etc, I'm sure there are more but I can't remember all at this moment... Valentino doesn't take people out as much as u do.... I still like you but these days whenever u get a good result ur head get big a little too much too often... 

looks like pedrosa is in a parallel world. Everyone went as close as Rossi exiting that corner. 

What an Ego...He should first look at the risk HE made both of them take by a virtually impossible pass. Rossi went immediately to the right when pedrosa barged through.

Dani has not overreacted regarding that incident, so it's not worth adding fuel to the fire. Besides, Dani was clearly faster than him.

The same clown #26 who got busted cheating on his driving exam , what a hypocrite !


Dani usually you don't take risk and you often back down during head to head battle... nobody was,is or will take you seriously.Dani you will never ever will win MotoGP world Championship, you are not that good enough staying in factory Honda for so long without title when Marc Marquez is in his way to win fourth title in five years..if you respect yourself and your fans just move to under developed team and help them developed the bike and win some podiums for them that will be mere appreciated than sticking on factory Honda and looking at team mate win titles after titles.. shame on you.