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Pedrosa dissatisfied with fifth

Pedrosa dissatisfied with fifth

The Repsol Honda rider finished in fifth place at Le Mans after a difficult last lap saw team-mate Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden pass him.

Dani Pedrosa was left disappointed after the third round at Le Mans ended with a fifth place, especially after he had been in a podium position for much of the race.

The Spaniard, in his 150th Grand Prix, made a good start and rode much of the 28-lap contest in third position, but on the final lap a few mistakes cost him as team-mate Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden managed to pass him.

"I’m not satisfied to have finished in this way because we were able to stay near the leaders for the first part of the race and then dropped back,” he explained. “Losing two places on the final lap is not a good feeling. My start was okay and I could stay near the front in the first laps but later in the race I was making a lot of mistakes trying to maintain my pace.”

He continued: “I had a bit of a rear brake issue which meant I couldn’t get the bike into the turns as I wanted and I was fighting the bike a bit. Andrea rode well and pushed very hard at the end, so congratulations to him on the podium finish. It’s an important part of the season coming up with many races in a short time, so we must work hard and do better in Mugello.”

Pedrosa now occupies fourth place in the World Championship standings with 40 points after three rounds, two points behind Dovizioso.

MotoGP, 2010, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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