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Pedrosa writes another chapter of history in Misano

3-time world champion pulls clear of the yellow smoke to become winner number 8 in 2016

History can be an easy thing to remake when the cards fall right. 2016 in MotoGP™ has now rewritten it, but it's been anything but easy for those who have written their own chapters in the season that has now seen the most different winners in a single year since the dawn of the MotoGP™ era. Chapter 8 was written at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli and it was Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa holding the pen.

Pedrosa took his 29th premier class win and 103rd podium at the Italian track as he fought back up from a tough qualifying position on the third row, and in doing so kept his fantastic record of a race win in every year of his MotoGP™ career in tact. After a tough season and then a corner turned at the post-race test in Brno, the 'Baby Samurai' returned to the top step in spectacular style, taking first teammate Marquez, then the Movistar Yamahas of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi as he charged for the flag and crossed the line with a healthy margin - aggressive, unstoppable and uncatchable in his race rhythm. And then there were eight.

"But then I realized I could catch Valentino..." Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa (P1): "I just tried to focus on my rhythm. I didn't have many options in the beginning, but once i was fourth I was on my own and i wasn't really losing or recovering. I new I could do a good race but little by little I could see I could start to catch. I didn't think about the victory until 10 laps to go…I wasn't thinking about the win, but then I realized I could catch Valentino. Once I got my rhythm with Marc and Jorge I knew that if I wanted to go with Valentino, I had to pass. I was worried at the start of the race because I'd never used this tyre in the hot conditions - only in the morning. But my feeling was good. On the start grid I was a bit nervous knowing I was the only one of us with that tyre choice but once I started I knew it was better for me.

"It's been hard and it's super to give my fans, team and family and friends something back for their support. I didn't enjoy some races recently, but this one I really did. We need to keep focused for the next race - we've seen that every one can be different. We need to keep our feet on the ground!"

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Pedrosa: "I just focused on the rhythm"