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Pedrosa: “Mixed feelings” after return

Pedrosa: “Mixed feelings” after return

The Repsol Honda rider was happy to have completed the 28-lap race at Estoril, his first back after missing the past three, but felt he could have finished higher than eighth.

Dani Pedrosa made his racing return after missing the Japan, Malaysia and Australia races due to a fractured collarbone, placing eighth in the bwin Grande Premio de Portugal on Sunday.

The Repsol Honda rider, who suffered his injury just four weeks ago and is still recovering, rose from 12th on the starting grid to as high as fifth during the race as he started to maximise a race pace which matched that of race winner Jorge Lorenzo at one stage.

As the race progressed the 25 year-old started to suffer the effects of fatigue in his left arm and shoulder however, eventually placing eighth, and he said: “I have mixed feelings after this race. On one side the fact that I could finish 28 laps is good because from quite early in the race I didn’t know if it would be possible. On the other hand, I could have finished much higher up if I could have maintained the pace we had in the race.”

Pedrosa continued: “From the third lap I lost strength in my left arm and I couldn’t really feel it. Honestly I didn’t think I could keep that pace at the beginning of the race. At one stage I could see that finishing third would have been possible with the pace we were running, but it was impossible because soon I had no power in the arm. On every lap I was feeling more tired and I couldn’t maintain the 1'39.5 laps. With ten laps to go I couldn’t keep pushing and I dropped back quite a lot.”

The result handed Pedrosa a valuable eight points as he bids to seal runner-up spot in the Championship this weekend in the final race at Valencia. Some days of relaxation will, he hopes, aid his preparations.

“I’m going to have a check-up again with the doctors because the arm still feels quite numb, but anyway we’ll have three days to relax and recover to be ready for Valencia,” said Pedrosa, who has a decent advantage over third-placed Valentino Rossi in the standings. “In terms of the position in the Championship, I’m 19 points ahead and so I hope to hold on to second place.”

MotoGP, 2010, bwin GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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