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Pedrosa: “I could not accelerate hard”

Pedrosa: “I could not accelerate hard”

Movement under acceleration costs Dani Pedrosa a chance to fight for victory at the Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

A large group of riders battled hard during the opening stages of the MotoGP™ World Championship round at Phillip Island, Dani Pedrosa holding his own in the cut and thrust affair. As the race continued the leading four broke away and produced one of the most memorable MotoGP™ races in recent memory, but the action continued behind as Pedrosa diced with Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) and Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) for fifth. Their battle lasted for several laps, the Repsol Honda rider unable to break away as movement under acceleration limited his drive down the straight and allowed others to get past.

Eventually Pedrosa would get the better of rookie Viñales and was able to set his own pace, his times competitive with the leading four when riding alone. Another strong result sees Pedrosa move further ahead of Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) as they battle for fifth in the standings. With just two rounds of 2015 remaining, Pedrosa aims to end the season on a high after a difficult start and is out for victory in Sepang. Twice Pedrosa has stood on the top step of the podium in the premier class at Sepang.

Dani Pedrosa: “It was a difficult race ‒ they are always tough here ‒ but I'm pretty satisfied with our performance because we had a good pace, even though the final position was not very good because we were so caught up with Crutchlow. I had problems on the last corner; I could not accelerate hard because the bike was moving about, I lost all my acceleration down the straight and other riders were able to overtake me. At the end I was able to ride alone and I set very similar times to those at the front, and that's positive. Now we will go to Malaysia and try to do better."


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