15 years ago
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Pedrosa leaves Motegi disappointed but still looking at the title
The face of Dani Pedrosa at the end of the 125cc GP in Japan pretty much said it all. Losing touch with the group he had been leading for most of the race, he finally finished off the podium in sixth place and was left with a sour taste in the mouth at a track where he had been dominant all weekend. The Spaniard was out front until six laps from the end when a mechanical problem with his front suspension meant he had to slow his pace to ensure that he completed the race and at least capture some points against his Championship rivals."We had some bad luck," he lamented. "In the morning during warm-up things did not start so well because the engine was damaged. We prepared the second bike for the race and with it we had to use a different motor that we hadn't tried at all throughout the weekend. In the beginning it did not work that well but began to improve as I made more laps, then the shock absorber broke and on the last lap the engine gave up." The result means that for the third consecutive time Pedrosa has failed to break into the top three. The rider of the Telefónica Movistar Jr. Team was fortunate that the dramatic development in Japan did not prove to be too costly. Stefano Perugini could only shave three points off his lead and Pedrosa could still mathematically be World Champion this weekend in Sepang (Malaysia), if he can take 12 more points away from the Italian. Last year at the same GP, the teenager classified third while Perugini had to retire on the last lap; naturally Pedrosa will be hoping a little bit of history repeats itself this time around.
15 years ago