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Pedrosa: “You need to take a big breath down the straights”

Pedrosa: “You need to take a big breath down the straights”

A second win of the year for Dani Pedrosa who dominates the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix from flag to flag.

Throughout the weekend Dani Pedrosa had looked the rider to beat, towards the front in many sessions and displaying a strong race pace regardless of track temperatures. Ahead of the race the Repsol Honda rider had been concerned about tyre life, but both the tyres and Pedrosa himself withstood the punishing conditions. Winning any MotoGP™ World Championship race is difficult, but at Sepang the heat makes even finishing an achievement. The 2015 Honda requires a lot of work to go well, Pedrosa having to be more physical on the bike than other riders on the grid, his only chance for a break down the two long straights.

Pedrosa would cross the line 3.6 seconds ahead of Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha), the Spaniard going unchallenged throughout the race. The three flyaway races have been an incredibly successful period for Pedrosa, bookended by victory, continuing his strong end to the year. Just one round remains of the 2015 MotoGP™ World Championship, the paddock heading back to Europe for the traditional season closer in Valencia. Due to a DNF from Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) Pedrosa moves to fourth in the championship, two points ahead of the Italian.

Dani Pedrosa: “Really tough physically, a very hot race and the track is very demanding on this bike. The bike of this year moves a lot so you need to do a lot on the bike physically, you need to take a big breath down the straights. The pace was very good all weekend so I think we did a good job and winning this race I’m really happy for my team and everyone behind me. It was really hard so I’m really happy and we’ll try to finish the season in the same way.”

MotoGP, 2015, SHELL MALAYSIA MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, RAC, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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