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Pedrosa admits maximum was not enough

Pedrosa admits maximum was not enough

Dani Pedrosa has started his 2013 campaign with fourth position in the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar, admitting he was powerless in defending from Yamaha.

As the Yamaha Factory Racing machine of Jorge Lorenzo sailed into the distance, Pedrosa’s Repsol Honda Team bike remained second. The latter was then overhauled by teammate Marc Márquez and a recovering Valentino Rossi.

“Today's race was good, in part,” explained Pedrosa, world championship runner-up to Lorenzo 2012. “I rode strongly and at a good level, although I had to slide around a lot during the entire race to combat a lack of rear grip. I saw from the opening lap that Lorenzo was going much faster and I tried to keep my position, because I knew that on the corners the traction issue came into play.

“I tried as hard as I could to keep my position, but then Rossi came through at a blistering pace and, to tell the truth, I couldn't stop him - he went straight through. I did all that I could, but it wasn't enough.”

Pedrosa then looked into what may have prevented him from holding second place:

“Maybe there was a setup issue with the rear, because I had problems with it all weekend and we didn't have enough grip tonight. I was off the podium in the end, which is a shame considering we had some good pre-season tests and that the setup was good in those. For some reason, it just didn't work for us tonight.”

The result confirms that Losail remains one of only two circuits on the current MotoGP™ calendar – that have hosted Grands Prix in the past – on which Pedrosa is yet to win in any of the three classes. The other is Great Britain’s Silverstone.

MotoGP, 2013, COMMERCIAL BANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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