Pedrosa: ‘I’m really happy with this one’

Pedrosa: ‘I’m really happy with this one’
Sunday, 19 May 2013

Dani Pedrosa’s fourth victory at Le Mans but first in the premier class makes the Spaniard the first two-time race victor in 2013. After the race, the Repsol Honda Team rider explained how he had risen from sixth position on the starting grid.

Pedrosa started from the back of the second row after falling in qualifying. Despite a poor start, he rose towards the front and overhauled Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso for the top spot – ultimately, on several occasions due to making unforced errors.

“It was a very good race for me,” the new championship leader said in the post-race press conference. “I’m so happy with this one because I lost some position sliding at the start but recovered at the first turn. I had no grip on the rear, but tried to stay in front with Dovvy (Dovizioso) and Lorenzo. I started to have some good feeling in the wet, so I tried to push but made a couple of mistakes and almost went off twice.

“I was able to hang on and just keep up the rhythm, so I could escape out in front and ride with good pace. The bike was working well; the tyres were spinning a lot with the drying line in the last laps, but I was able to manage the gap and bring home this victory which is so special.”

Pedrosa, the championship runner-up of 2012, now heads up the current riders’ standings by six points from teammate Marc Marquez.

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