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Pedrosa comments on Turkish track

Pedrosa comments on Turkish track

Respol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa has had mixed fortunes at the Istanbul Park circuit, finishing second in the 2005 250cc race on Turkish soil and crossing the line 14th at last year's MotoGP event.

Respol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa has had mixed fortunes at the Istanbul Park circuit, finishing second in the 2005 250cc race on Turkish soil and crossing the line 14th at last year's MotoGP event.

The unpredictable weather at the track made things difficult for the Spaniard in 2006, as the rainy conditions experienced in qualifying meant that Pedrosa – a rider who much prefers to ride in the dry - had to work his way up from 16th on the grid. By the halfway point he was leading the race, and was involved in a three-way battle with Casey Stoner and eventual racewinner Marco Melandri up until the final lap, where he dipped too low on a left hand corner and slid off track.

With his previous form at Istanbul, and storming start to the 2007 season, Pedrosa is one of the favourites to win the Grand Prix of Turkey this year. However, whilst not critical of the circuit, the Repsol Honda rider does not list the track as one of his favourites.

"You can tell that the designer and creator of the Istanbul circuit also designed other tracks like Shanghai, although I think it is much more balanced. It combines uphill and downhill sections and has good asphalt laid down, it's quite wide and the grip isn't too bad," commented the 21 year old. "There are some sections which are too slow for my liking, which I suppose is because the circuit was designed more with Formula 1 in mind, but overall it's not a bad circuit at all."

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MotoGP, 2007, GRAND PRIX OF TURKEY, Dani Pedrosa

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