Pedrosa: ‘I seriously considered sitting out’

Pedrosa: ‘I seriously considered sitting out’
Monday, 22 July 2013

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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