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Puig: “Pedrosa made his comeback to normality”

Puig: “Pedrosa made his comeback to normality”

Manager hails gutsy third place from Spanish star.

Dani Pedrosa took a Motegi podium that few would have thought possible at the beginning of the weekend, making a storming start from eleventh on the grid that placed him amongst the frontrunners right from the first lap. Chief amongst those applauding the Repsol Honda rider’s efforts was his manager, Alberto Puig, who spoke to after the race about his charge’s ‘comeback’.

"Dani is a strong man, and he’s been down in the mud before, so he knows how to get out of it. We all try to help him, but he’s definitely the guy that knows best how he can recover,” said the former premier class rider, who has seen first-hand the effects of serious injury on a competitor.

"There have been some difficult moments recently for us… especially for him,” continued Puig. “There was the knee problem in Australia last year, and from then on the biggest risk was riding in Qatar. As time has passed his condition has got better and better, and even if he had a very difficult race last time, today has been, let’s say, his comeback to a normal situation.

“Now we know what is needed to make the final step forward with the bike, and it’s just a question of time to see if our solutions are valid. The problems only come when you don’t know what it is that you need.”

MotoGP, 2009, POLINI GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Repsol Honda Team

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