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Pedrosa: ‘I seriously considered sitting out’

Dani Pedrosa has revealed that he nearly took the decision to miss Sunday’s US Grand Prix, having felt unwell following his heavy crash a week earlier.

On the Saturday of the previous weekend’s German Grand Prix, Pedrosa had suffered a heavy blow during a highside accident at the Sachsenring. He travelled to California on Thursday, then missing both the first and third practice sessions at Laguna Seca.

“First of all, I want to thank everyone who has supported me over these past few days,” says the Repsol Honda Team rider. “This was a race in which it was very important to take points.

“I was seriously considering sitting out this race because the conditions were very difficult, so I am very happy to have taken fifth.

“We were close to the podium, but on the final laps I found things very hard. I think that I held up well in the race, although I was in a lot of pain the entire weekend. At least I was able to grip the handlebars and control the bike.

“A lot of times, moving the bike makes it tough for you and it is difficult to ride a long race. In the end, the 11 points are very important for the championship.”

Pedrosa crossed the Mazda Raceway finish line in fifth position; although he lost further ground to winning teammate Marc Marquez, he critically finished in front of Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo to remain second in the standings.

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MotoGP, 2013, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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