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Dani Pedrosa went from fifth to third in the final two corners at the Argentina GP by simply avoiding trouble.
The Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina got off to a poor start for Dani Pedrosa, his great launch off the line reduced to nothing as Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) came charging up his inside and pushed him wide. This caused the Repsol Honda Team stalwart to drop down the order and outside the top ten and conclude the first lap in 15th. From here he went about steadily picking his way through the field, able to get inside the top ten by lap four. Finally on lap 16 Pedrosa was sat in sixth place, promoted to fifth by the crash of Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) on lap 18.
Pedrosa looked set to finish in fifth until Iannone crashed into his Ducati Team teammate in the final corners. This saw Pedrosa step onto the podium for the first time in 2016, and complete the first double Repsol Honda Team podium of the season. Pedrosa is under no illusions and knows full well that this third place came thanks to a bit of luck. Thanks to consistent finishes in both the Qatar and Argentina GPs, Pedrosa sits third in the MotoGP™ World Championship with 27 points, 14 back on his teammate Marc Marquez who leads the points table.
Dani Pedrosa: “I had a good start but someone, I didn't know who, came straight through the first turn, and I had to pick up my bike and go wide in order to avoid him. If I had kept my line, for sure I would’ve crashed, so I went way out and then found myself in the middle of the group. It was very difficult because the lines they were doing were quite crazy, and of course I lost a lot of ground there. Anyway, my pace wasn’t good, and that’s disappointing, but I tried to keep my line for the entire race. Finally, this was maybe the luckiest day of my career because many riders crashed in front of me and I was able to take third. Last year I wasn’t even here, so it’s positive to be on the podium this time. Anyway, we have to look ahead and keep working hard to improve the bike to be faster.”
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