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Pedrosa back to his best

Pedrosa back to his best

The Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon saw Dani Pedrosa produce his best ride of the year, perhaps the best of his MotoGP™ career.

Since moving up to the MotoGP™ World Championship in 2006, Dani Pedrosa has taken 26 wins but has also failed to start 11 races due to injury. Injuries and bad luck have almost always ended his championship challenges, but despite the broken bones and arm pump surgeries he has always returned to racing and eventually the top step of the podium.

There have been questions raised as to whether Pedrosa, after over eight years on the factory Honda without a title, deserved to remain on one of the best bikes on the MotoGP™ grid, that perhaps a new young rider could do better and push harder. The Aragon GP proved why Dani Pedrosa not only deserves his Repsol Honda seat, but also why he is still one of the best in MotoGP™.

It was a disastrous start to 2015 for Pedrosa; serious arm pump forced him to miss three rounds, even when he returned in Le Mans he was not fully fit. Despite this he was fourth in Mugello and back on the podium in Barcelona, just his third race back. In 2011 Pedrosa suffered a broken collarbone during the French GP as a result of contact with Marco Simoncelli, the Spaniard forced to miss three rounds but returned to winning in just his second race back. Despite missing three rounds through injury and falling for the French and Czech GPs, Pedrosa finished the year in fourth overall. This was one of just three times that Pedrosa has failed to finish inside the top three of the MotoGP™ World Championship. If Pedrosa is anything, it’s consistent.

Not only was Pedrosa battling his fitness this season, but also the 2015 Honda frame. Double MotoGP™ World Champion Marc Marquez found the frame so hard to handle that he switched back to the 2014 version, but Pedrosa has remained with the new model and helped to push development forward.

When Pedrosa is at his best he can beat anyone, he’s fought with Lorenzo, Rossi, Stoner and Marquez in their prime and come out on top time and time again. He has won on 990cc, 800cc and more recently 1000cc machines, adapting to them all. The 2015 Aragon GP was Pedrosa’s best race since he beat Jorge Lorenzo in a similar fashion at the 2012 Czech GP.

After their intense battle, Rossi reflected: “I had to fight for everything in the last lap. I tried to overtake where I saw I was strong, but already from the first overtake I saw that Dani today was very strong, because he always came back,” high praise from the championship leader and a fitting point, as Pedrosa does come back. Always. No matter the circumstances, Pedrosa comes back and gives it his all.

Ruling Dani Pedrosa out of podium contention is a mistake that many have made throughout their career, but one that few repeat. There are four rounds left of the 2015 MotoGP™ World Championship, four rounds for Pedrosa to take his first win of the year and continue his streak of scoring at least one victory every season since moving to the premier class. That’s a record that not even Rossi can match.

MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMIO MOVISTAR DE ARAGÓN, RAC, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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