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Pedrosa: "Rossi will be the unknown quantity"

Pedrosa: 'Rossi will be the unknown quantity'

The Italian was amongst the subjects discussed by the Repsol Honda rider in his latest blog, in which he named Jorge Lorenzo as the rival to beat.

After the opening official MotoGP Test of the year in Malaysia gave some very early pre-season indications, Dani Pedrosa discussed his impressions of how 2011 is shaping up in his latest Repsol blog.

“Ours is a strong team, with Stoner and Dovizioso. There are also riders who’ve been very good in the first Test, such as Simoncelli and Aoyama. Anybody can give you a surprise,” said the Repsol Honda rider.

“Right now the Honda RC212V seems to be functioning well. We’ll see what happens when we get to the first GP of the year, because everything could change there. You never know, but at the moment everything points towards a tough World Championship. The Yamaha continues to have a good rhythm lap upon lap. Lorenzo, as the defending Champion, is a rival to beat, and Spies had a great season in 2010 and will certainly be better this year.”

Valentino Rossi’s position of 11th overall on the timesheet was deceptive said Pedrosa, who added: “The great unknown quantity will perhaps be Rossi. It’s his first year with Ducati and in Malaysia he wasn’t amongst the fastest riders. But Rossi is Rossi, and you can never rely on anything. Even when he’s in last place on the Saturday he still has the capacity to surprise.”

The second Test of the pre-season, also at Sepang, takes place from February 22nd-24th.

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MotoGP, 2011, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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