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Pedrosa: “I made the podium the previous two seasons”

Pedrosa: “I made the podium the previous two seasons”

Luck played a role in Dani Pedrosa’s first podium of 2016, he’s out to get there of his own accord in Austin.

After a dismal pre-season, Dani Pedrosa stepped onto the podium alongside his Repsol Honda Team teammate Marc Marquez for the first time in 2016 in Argentina. It wasn’t a podium full of celebration for Pedrosa, the Spaniard 28 seconds behind the race winner and 20 seconds behind his own teammate, not what Pedrosa is aiming for. Fortunately for Pedrosa, the Circuit of the Americas has historically suited the RC213V machine, Marquez winning on each visit and Pedrosa finishing second on the two occasions he has raced there.

Thanks to two steady top ten finishes, Pedrosa holds third in the Word Championship and is six points off Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). Work needs to be done if Pedrosa and Honda want to close the gap to Rossi, the Spaniard still not entirely pleased with his bike and riding. Pedrosa is one of just four riders currently in the premier class to have won at an American circuit previously in the premier class, winning the 2010 and 2012 Indianapolis GPs as well as the 2009 race in Laguna Seca.

Dani Pedrosa: “I’m looking forward to this round. There’s something special about the atmosphere of the American races, and besides, this is a track that I like very much. I didn’t make it here last year, but I made the podium the previous two seasons so the memories of the track are good. Our pace in the first two rounds hasn’t been as good as we would’ve liked, and we absolutely need to keep working to find some more speed; all in all, we’re third in the Championship, and we need to make a step forward if we want to fight for the podium at every race.”

MotoGP, 2016, RED BULL GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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