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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