You are here

MotoGP, Pedrosa: "Bad to retire, but at least I enjoyed the duel between Pecco and Marc."

"It was interesting to see the risks they took for those 25 points. It's a shame that I crashed, because I could have finished in the Top 10, but I would be happy if this was my last race since it was in Jerez."

MotoGP: Pedrosa:

After taking the bronze medal in the Sprint Race in Jerez, Dani Pedrosa failed to close with another great result this wild card in front of his home crowd, having to abandon the Spanish Grand Prix due to a crash suffered in the early laps of the race.

"Today's race did not end in the best way, as I suffered a high-speed crash in Turn 8, which I think was due to the track conditions. As we've also seen in Moto2 and Moto3, if you don't follow the perfect line, you end up on slippery patches, and unfortunately on that lap I lost the front for that very reason ," Pedrosa explained to reporters. " It's not that I pushed and lost the front, also because I was careful not to fall off, I just lost it immediately, because of the asphalt conditions." .

An epilogue that leaves some bitterness in the mouth of the KTM test rider, who was convinced he had the potential to have another good race.

"It's a shame because I was aiming to finish in the Top 10. I had made a good start, recovering a few positions, and I was around 11th-12th place and was trying to keep a good pace, so I think it would have been feasible to be in the top 10, given also the crashes of other riders ," he noted, "In any case, we take home what we learned this weekend about what our bike is capable of doing and what we need to change to improve it. As well as the atmosphere of the Grand Prix and the podium in yesterday's Sprint."

Quite a blow to both the morale and the physique of the Little Samurai, who will have to rest for some time.

"I bounced hard on the gravel and have some pain in my elbows and a few scrapes, but nothing is broken. It will just take some time to recover," said Dani, who, talking about his future commitments, added: "I won't take part in the tests tomorrow, Pol will be there. I think my next test will be around the second week of June. In Italy, I think, I don't think I will do any more races this season. I can say that if this was my last race I would be happy because it was here in Jerez. Coming back to race here next year? For the time being, I'm doing just fine."

The withdrawal from the race, however, had an unexpected silver lining for the Catalan, who was able to appreciate the battle for first position, between Francesco Bagnaia and Marc Marquez.

"I saw the duel between Pecco and Marc while I was being treated. It hurts when you don't finish the race, however, I was there thinking, 'If nothing else I'm enjoying the show,' " Dani said, smiling. " It was very nice and the truth is that Marc made a good comeback gradually recovering time, but then we saw a very important reaction from Pecco, who was able to slow Marc down and respond to him, doing some very fast laps in the final. Marc was able to react on the last lap and made up time, but let's say Pecco did very well. I don't think it was a follow-up to the Portimao incident. That would be strange, because I think they had settled the score there, however, it was interesting to see the reaction of both of them after Martin's crash. They were making up important points to the leader, but they took risks for those 25 points."

After having a chance to take the RC16 into the race all weekend, Pedrosa spent one last line on what he would like to see changed in a couple of years with the change in technical regulations.

"Honestly, I think aerodynamics is complicating MotoGP, or at least riding the bike in the race. So, if I had the choice, I would reduce it," he admitted , "On the devices it's already decided, but less help means more work for the rider, so that would be a good thing. I don't know what the regulations will look like in the end, but if I have to choose one aspect I would change, I would say it would be better to have less aerodynamics."

Automatic Translation by DeepL

Related articles