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Pedrosa: “I would prefer be much higher up”

Pedrosa: “I would prefer be much higher up”

Fourth place in France sees Pedrosa finish as the highest placed Honda but unable to close in on the podium.

A crash during Q2 saw Dani Pedrosa start the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France down the field in 11th place, setting the scene for a difficult race. His start didn’t help matters as he was unable to gain an advantage in the first six laps. Eventually he settled into his rhythm and began to pick his way through the pack, his charge was helped by crashes from a number of riders. By lap 17 the Repsol Honda Team rider was up in fourth and did all he could to close in on Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) ahead. By this stage, the gap was too great and even though Pedrosa’s pace was better than that of several riders ahead, he would not advance past fourth.

Qualifying remains a major point of issue for the Spaniard, a better grid position would allow Pedrosa to start, and hopefully stay, with the front riders. The race in Le Mans proved that he can match the pace of those battling for the win, and victory is what Pedrosa wants, not fourth. But fourth place did award him 13 valuable points, especially important with a number of riders failing to score. Pedrosa maintains his fourth place in the championship overall.

Dani Pedrosa: “I cannot feel satisfied with today’s fourth place because obviously I would prefer be much higher up the order and have better races. I give my all, but the conditions are not always there to do well. We are also making some mistakes, and one that is hurting us most is in qualifying, because starting far back makes things more difficult in the race. At the beginning of the race today we did not have good grip and it was hard to get enough of a feeling to go a little faster. The second part of the race went better, and there were some laps in which I even rode quicker than Rossi's pace, but it was too late. What makes a difference is starting well, starting high up on the grid and putting in good opening laps.”

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MotoGP, 2016, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, RAC, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team, Reaction

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