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Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) began this season – subsequently revealed to be his last in MotoGP™ – with some serious pace in testing, but after an early season injury and some struggles since, it’s been a tougher year. At MotorLand Aragon, however, the ‘Little Samurai’ was back at the sharp end on successful hunting ground and he eventually crossed the line fifth – equaling his best result of the season so far, taken at both Le Mans and Catalunya.
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“Today in the race everything went quite well, we were able to start in the front group and I was able to make some passes,” began Pedrosa. “But the hard rear had no grip and after the Moto2 race the asphalt wasn’t so grippy, so I had a lot of rear sliding.”
That was the key issue, and he thinks maybe it would have been better to make a different compromise and use a different compound: “It looks like maybe the soft would have been my better option, you have to manage that but I wasn’t able to carry the corner speed and accelerate out of turns with the hard,” explains the number 26. “That created a gap and I wasn’t able to stay in the group. I think with a bit better grip on the rear though I could have been fighting for the podium or the win.”
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That’s a positive sign as we head from MotorLand – where Pedrosa has a good record – to Buriram, where no one has a record as yet…but Dani Pedrosa topped testing. Will we see the Repsol Honda rider back on the rostrum next time out? Find out from the 5th to 7th October.