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Pedrosa pleased with consistency

Pedrosa pleased with consistency

The Repsol Honda rider finished second for the second straight race at Catalunya, and was happy to have put together two solid results.

Dani Pedrosa’s second place at the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya maintained his second position in the World Championship standings, and left the Repsol Honda rider extremely satisfied with the consistency of taking back-to-back podiums.

Having won in round four at Mugello Pedrosa then finished eighth at Silverstone, but bounced back to take second place at Assen, a result he repeated on Sunday in his home race. It is the kind of regularity in results he is looking for, and the 24 year-old stated: “We’ve linked two good results together which was our target and now we must maintain this consistency and fight for the win at the next races.”

Starting from the second row at Montmeló Pedrosa shot into the lead for Turn 1 but drifted wide coming out of it, which saw him drop well down the order to as low as 11th in lap one.

“I made a really good start and was leading towards Turn 1,” he explained. “I had a bit of a front end shake on the way to the first corner but I didn’t think anything of it until I hit the brakes and for a moment there was nothing. I was surprised because it was not such a big shake, but then I pumped a few times and it came back. By then it was too late and I had to run wide. I took it slowly to get back on track because I didn’t want to be to be penalised (for cutting the corner).”

Pedrosa then did a quick and efficient job of working his way back up, and by lap six he was in third place. He continued: “I tried to recover as quickly as possible and make up the positions I’d lost. I got past Casey when he made a mistake and we raced together for many laps. I was pushing as hard as possible but we had a bit of a front end issue through the race and it was closing in the corners - I think many riders were having this problem today though. I was able to hang on until the end of the race though and I’m happy enough with second place after that first lap.”

The result means Pedrosa now has a 22-point advantage over team-mate Andrea Dovizioso in the Championship, after the Italian finished 14th following a crash.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2010, GRAN PREMI APEROL DE CATALUNYA, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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