Dani Pedrosa hopes to put a disappointing race at Motegi behind him this weekend at Phillip Island in Australia.

The Repsol Honda rider fitted the same extra soft rear Michelin rain tyre used by podium finisher Danilo Petrucci in Japan, but Pedrosa was forced to retire in the pits due to grip issues.

“I tried everything to make the bike work but it was almost impossible to ride in the conditions. I lost so much time and when I finally dropped out of the points I took the decision to retire, rather than crash,” he said.

“It was a difficult weekend in Japan with the wet conditions, but we have to look forward to the next race. Phillip Island isn’t one of my favourite tracks, so we’ll definitely have to work hard to find a good pace there.

“Anyway, we remain positive, looking at every race weekend as a new story. We hope for the weather to be fine and to be able to use the tyres in the right way so that we can fight at front on Sunday.”

Pedrosa’s DNF at Motegi means he is now 33 points off Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales in third place. He remains two points ahead of Valentino Rossi in the standings, who slid out in the wet in Japan.


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Sad to see a quality rider like DP tumbling down the race positions last weekend at a track where he's always gone well.

Hopefully he'll have a better race at Philip Island

Every year it's the same story with this guy...will bounce back in next races and so on...bottom line is decades gone by without title in factory Honda.... 

Bad results at Misano and Motegi, two tracks he is so good at...... for reason that is out of his control, I feel so bad. Championship is over but I hope he wins at Sepang or valencia.

I would love to see Dani on the Suzuki, his style might gel with it plus it's not all Dani's fault, there is a lot of ill tactics going on in Honda due to Marquez. Marquez forced Honda to drop Stoner, he was obviously afraid if stoner decided to race as a wild card and beat him it would look bad. Dani isn't given anything in that Honda camp unless Marquez agrees to it.

Wow, you have more info than HRC...

Before assesing Dani's performance, one needs to look at where the other Honda riders are in the GC. The bike is clearly built around Marc and the other riders can barely control it, except for Dani.

The Michelin wets have been a disaster this season for Dani. Moreover, his rear-tyre had a flaw in Motegi and got destroyed during the race. That's why he retired.

All in all, I really doubt that any other rider would perform better than Dani on a Honda built for Marc. Due to Marc, the RCV will slowly turn into a Stoner era's Desmosedici. Only the no. 1 rider will be alble to ride that thing. 

Agree completely @Purcian - there appears to have been an ongoing issue for DP to get heat into the tyre this year, also an issue for some other riders on non-Honda's, so it must be a style thing.

Also agree with the comments about the Suzuki - I'd love to see what Dani could do on another manufacturer's bike...

PURCIAN - I couldn't agree more with your analogy.  DP is a noble man with the special kind of talent that has already won him world championships.  If only bike development were closing the gaps for him as well. 

As long I live, I will never forget his selfless gesture to Dovi after the incident he caused in COTA last year.  The classiest move I've ever seen in MotoGP.  Rea with Davies this year, was the 2nd.

That said, I am VERY curious how Honda treats Morbidelli (and Luthi) next year.  If either do REALLY well, I wouldn't be surprised to see Honda give one of them Dani's ride.  Which would suck - but business is business.  And that's it.

Let jack your bike for gods sake

Didn't know Dani was so disliked in these forums!

He's a consistent winner, has more wins & podiums than the majority of the field, and he's the nicest guy in the paddock.

oh well..