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Pedrosa unable to compete due to grip issues

Pedrosa unable to compete due to grip issues

Following his first Grand Prix win in over a year at Sachsenring and his strong qualifying performance at Laguna Seca, big things were expected of Repsol Hondas Dani Pedrosa in Sundays Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.

Following his first Grand Prix win in over a year at Sachsenring and his strong qualifying performance at Laguna Seca, big things were expected of Repsol Hondas Dani Pedrosa in Sundays Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.

Although Pedrosa made an excellent start from second on the grid and led for the first three corners before being passed by eventual race winner Casey Stoner, he was unable to keep pace with the rampant Australian and dropped back through the pack as the race progressed eventually finishing fifth.

Only by riding at the absolute limit had the Spanish ace stayed alongside Stoner in the opening laps, and with all three podium finishers on Bridgestone tyres, Pedrosas Michelin compounds did not give him the grip he required for the duration of a tough 32 lap contest.

After falling 66 points behind Stoner in the general classification before the summer break, Pedrosa commented: This was a very hard race for us and Im not really satisfied with fifth after winning the race last week and qualifying second here. I made a good start and was leading on the first lap, but I was never able to push as hard as I wanted today. We had quite a few problems with the tyres and pretty much from the start I had a lot of chatter at the rear which was increasing through the race.

As every rider came past me I was trying to stay with them, but I simply wasnt able to I would have crashed. So I just concentrated on staying on the bike because I couldnt do more than that. Its quite disappointing after the win in Germany and we have to make sure we improve the situation before the next race.

Pedrosa was the second fastest rider on Michelin tyres, five seconds behind fellow Michelin man Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha), who himself was five seconds off the podium in fourth place. More tellingly though Pedrosa was more than 35 seconds behind Bridgestone-equipped race winner Stoner who took a further step towards the World title with another dominant display.

The difficulties experienced by Pedrosa and his fellow Michelin riders prompted the French tyre manufacturers director of motorcycle racing Jean-Philippe Weber to comment: That was a very tough race for us, much harder than last weekend (in Germany). The race was more than 40 seconds faster than last years US GP because of the new surface, which was very aggressive on our compounds, so our riders couldnt get the performance they wanted out of our tyres.

Last weekends race at the Sachsenring put more stress and temperature into the tyres but it seems the new asphalt here quickly caused our tyres to wear, so we needed some harder compounds. The wear was mostly on the edge of the tyres, with the front pushing first and then our riders having some difficulty with the rear later in the race.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Dani Pedrosa

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