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Hard fought third for rejuvenated Pedrosa

Hard fought third for rejuvenated Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) recovered from a disappointing visit to Mugello by finishing third in his home round at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya.

The 25-time MotoGP race winner started from pole for the first time in 12 months. After a good start Pedrosa became locked in a battle with Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) and Movistar Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.

A yellow flag at Turn 3 caused confusion for Pedrosa after Marquez sat up and Rossi went past. The battle between Marquez and Pedrosa intensified as the end drew closer.

The battled culminated in Pedrosa touching the back wheel of his teammate on the last lap, causing him to run wide and allowing Rossi through into second.

Pedrosa reflected, “I am really happy with the race and overall with the weekend. My target was to improve in qualifying and the start of the race. I did that and it allowed me to stay with the front group at the end.”

“I could imagine the feeling for the fans to see the top four fighting so close, it was a very special race. We had a nice setting with the bike and try to push at the end. I touched him (Marquez) a little on the last lap, which was a shame because I lost one position. But I don’t feel sad, it was a good weekend,” he added.

On the yellow flag incident, he commented, “I also had some confusion with the yellow flag. I couldn’t see the yellow flag, I just saw Marc move out and then I thought this pass was too easy! I looked around and saw some marshals so I dropped back to third just in case.”

MotoGP, 2014, GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYA, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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