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Pedrosa savours battle for victory

Pedrosa savours battle for victory

The Repsol Honda said his second win of the season at Sachsenring was “even better than the one at Mugello” because he had to fight Jorge Lorenzo for it.

Dani Pedrosa’s flawless ride to victory at the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland on Sunday was one that the Repsol Honda rider enjoyed immensely, given the display he had to put on to secure his second win of the 2010 campaign.

“This victory is even better than the one in Italy because at Mugello I just went away in front and there was no battle with anybody, but here I was battling with Lorenzo in the first and second race, and finally beat him, so this is even more important,” said the 24 year-old.

Pedrosa had been contesting for the lead with Lorenzo in the first race which was red flagged after nine laps, and did not lose his momentum for the second 21-lap version as he and the Championship leader vied for the lead until Pedrosa began to pull away halfway through.

“I’m very happy because we are back winning races and it’s a great feeling,” he said. “It wasn’t easy today because when the race is stopped and restarted like that, sometimes you don’t have the same feeling on the machine in the second part. Also you get nervous again on the grid and it’s possible you won’t have the same pace after the restart. But it went very well for us in both races.”

He continued: “We just made one small change with the rear suspension to get a bit more traction for the second race. I made another good start and in the first laps after Lorenzo had passed me I was pushing very hard to try to take him back. I couldn’t do it with my first attempt, but when I got a second chance I just went for it.”

Coming off the back of two successive second places, victory in Germany continued a consistent run of results Pedrosa had been striving for, and he now heads to a track at which he won last year for the Red Bull US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca.

“It was a great feeling to stretch ahead and get the victory - the team deserve it,” he stressed. “I want to thank them because they worked really well this weekend, the bike was very good from Friday onwards and this is the form we need so we can to keep this consistency going from now on.”

MotoGP, 2010, eni MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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