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Pedrosa happy with podium return but wants to up pace

Pedrosa happy with podium return but wants to up pace

Dani Pedrosa was pleased to finish second at Brno on Sunday, whereas his team-mate Andrea Dovizioso was not satisfied with fourth.

Dani Pedrosa bounced back from his ninth place finish at the British Grand Prix to take second in Brno on Sunday and increase his chances of at least challenging for the runner-up spot in this year’s MotoGP World Championship.

Having qualified third Pedrosa made one of his trademark lightning starts and stayed in a top three position throughout the race, even if he never really looked like challenging for the win once the contest got into full swing.

Pedrosa himself commented, “At the start of the race I pushed really hard to stay with the leaders and for the first few laps I was with them. Then they kept getting faster on every lap and, though I was pushing to the maximum, I couldn’t maintain that sort of pace today. So for the rest of the race I just had to concentrate on not making a mistake because there was a big gap in front of me and also behind me. Second place is a good result for me and the team, though obviously we would have wanted to be closer to front-running pace.”

He added, “It’s great to finish a race on the podium and feel in good physical condition after the problems I had in the first part of the season - especially because it was very hot out there today and this is a demanding track.”

Meanwhile it was another case of ‘the curse of fourth’ for Pedrosa’s Repsol Honda team-mate Andrea Dovizioso, who again missed the podium by a tight margin, as he has done on several occasion this year.

“I was riding really hard out there and I had a tough battle for third place in the last few laps,” Dovizioso said. “From the start I tried to stay with Dani and the leaders but it wasn’t possible. The gap to Toni Elias was always small and my pace was very similar to his which made it very difficult to overtake him. I tried really hard in the middle of the race without any success and then in the last few laps the grip dropped off a little and to overtake Toni I had to take some risks.”

“I really wanted that podium finish so I was pushing very hard, and also I had Loris Capirossi behind who was putting a lot of pressure on too. Fourth is not a bad result but I can’t say that I’m satisfied with the result.”

MotoGP, 2009, CARDION AB GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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