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Pedrosa surprised by own race pace

Pedrosa surprised by own race pace

The Repsol Honda rider admitted he was taken aback by his second place in the TIM TT Assen, after struggling with the set-up of his bike in the sessions leading up to the race.

Dani Pedrosa moved into second place in the World Championship standings on Saturday thanks to second place in the TIM TT Assen, and the result came after the Spaniard had battled with problems on his factory RC212V throughout the weekend.

The Repsol Honda rider and his crew spent much of the weekend searching for the right set-up, and the difficulties they encountered resulted in a starting position of seventh on the grid. However, the team found a solution in the warm up session and Pedrosa made a characteristically rapid start to the race, shooting up to third.

“Well first of all I have to say I’m surprised by this result because in practice we had a lot of problems and we tried so many things that didn’t work, so I wasn’t expecting to get second today or to have this pace,” said Pedrosa.

“For the warm up we found something which gave us a better lap time and my rhythm improved a lot, which gave us the chance to fight in the race. I knew with the soft rear Bridgestone tyre that I would have more of an advantage in the first part of the race and so I pushed really hard from the start to catch up. But then I began losing a little bit of time in the first section of the circuit and lap-by-lap we lost touch,” added the 24 year-old, who crossed the line 2.935s behind race winner Jorge Lorenzo.

Second place shifted Pedrosa one place up the Championship standings but he was more satisfied with the race result, and is now looking forward to the next round at Catalunya.

“This is a good result for us and I’d like to say thanks to my team because they never gave up. I’m back into second in the World Championship but actually I’m more pleased with second in this race,” he stated. “Now we go straight to Catalunya for my home GP and I hope we can have a good race there too.”

MotoGP, 2010, TIM TT ASSEN, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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