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Pedrosa: “I rode at a safe pace”

Pedrosa: “I rode at a safe pace”

Difficult fourth place for Dani Pedrosa as tyre troubles ruin his incredible start in the Spanish GP.

Having qualified in seventh position, Dani Pedrosa made arguably the best start of the race as he very quickly found himself in third position and ahead of Marc Marquez. His time infront of his teammate would be limited, but Pedrosa was able to maintain an advantage over the rest of the field after Marquez got through for the majority of the race. It wasn’t easy as Pedrosa encountered problems with both the front and rear tyres and worked hard to save them for the final laps. For the most part it was a lonely race for the Repsol Honda Team rider, joined by Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar) towards the end, Pedrosa fended off his attacks with ease. Pedrosa would eventually break his fellow Spaniard and make up some ground on Marquez as his teammate's early speed saw him slow in the last laps.

Fourth in the race sees Pedrosa leave the Gran Premio Red Bull de España with 40 points and fourth in the standings. For the first time in his premier class career, Pedrosa missed the podium in Jerez. Race by race he and Honda are getting closer and closer to the front after a difficult pre-season. Monday will see the paddock remain in Jerez for a day of testing, a gift for Pedrosa and his crew who are in need of some extra track time to work without the pressures of a race weekend.

Dani Pedrosa: “We knew it would be a difficult race and we got the position we knew was possible, because the whole weekend the front three were faster than us. I started well, riding hard in the early laps. Then I saw I had difficulties with both the front and rear tyres. I concentrated on keeping my position and I rode at a safe pace so as not to make the rear tyre go off too much as well. I saw that Aleix [Espargaro] was recovering ground on me, but I had him under control and was only focusing on preserving the tyre. Near the end, when I didn’t have him on me, I decided to pick up the pace again. I was able to escape and get closer to Marc [Marquez], so perhaps pushing so hard at the start cost him in the end. Tomorrow we have a test in which we will try to work and improve my feeling on the bike."

MotoGP, 2016, GRAN PREMIO RED BULL DE ESPAÑA, RAC, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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