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Criville: `Pedrosa´s Catalunya win was easier than mine´

Criville: `Pedrosa´s Catalunya win was easier than mine´

Former World Champion Alex Criville believes current Spanish star Dani Pedrosa´s latest victory in the premier class was less difficult than his own Catalunya triumph.

Alex Criville had an honour that he has held for nine years taken away on Sunday in Catalunya, as Dani Pedrosa took over as the most recent Spanish winner of a premier class race in Barcelona.

Comparing his 1999 500cc victory with the 800cc triumph of Pedrosa, Criville believed that his successor had a somewhat easier time of things, with some obvious distinctions between the winning performances.

`My win was more intense, because it was so difficult. Tadayuki Okada was in front on the final lap, but I overtook him on the inside at the Estadio corner,´ recalls the Spaniard who, like Pedrosa, won onboard Repsol Honda machinery.

`The win today I would say was easier, because of the gap Dani opened up. It looked as though he won even more easily than he himself said. Maybe he would see it a different way, but to us on the outside it looked a much easier victory for him.

`He was impeccable, and I think that he rode the perfect race, he did everything that a rider wants; starting, opening a gap and giving no chance to the other riders,´ concluded Criville, who still holds one important national honour: that of the last Spanish premier class World Champion.

MotoGP, 2008, GRAN PREMI CINZANO DE CATALUNYA, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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