Pedrosa aiming to improve riding on wet asphalt after 5th place finish at Valencia
The MotoGP World Championship finished in the same way it started, with a victory for Casey Stoner. The Australian of the Repsol Honda Team finished an excellent season with a well-deserved victory at the Comunitat Valenciana Grand Prix. The third step of the podium was for his team mate Andrea Dovizioso, who this way secured the third position in the final classification, while Dani Pedrosa reached the finish line in fifth.
Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa had one of the most thrilling duels of the race. From the second lap, both riders overtook each other all the time, and only the rain prevented to see the battle last until the end of the race. The Italian gathered his second consecutive podium and secured the third place in the final classification of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship.
This morning, the three riders of the Repsol Honda Team participated in the lap of honour and the minute of roar that the World Championship organized as a tribute to Marco Simoncelli. The Repsol rider Marc Márquez did not want to miss that tribute that all the motorcycling family wanted to give to the Italian rider at the Valencian track.
With this Comunitat Valenciana Grand Prix, the Repsol Honda Team puts an end to an excellent season where the whole team, together with Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso, achieved three World Championships, the riders’, the constructors’ and the teams’. From Tuesday, and also in Cheste, Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa will start to prepare the 2012 season with the new 1000cc RC213V.
Dani Pedrosa 5th at 9.321 sec.
“It wasn’t an easy race. I did my best, trying hard but I wasn’t feeling good on the bike, I was rigid and didn’t ride very well. But especially in the end with more water on the track I struggled a lot as in Australia, so this is something I will try to improve with my riding in the future.
I had a good battle with Andrea [Dovizioso] and in the last laps I lost a place to Cal Crutchlow, but I couldn’t do any more. Andrea and I were on a soft front tyre and we were maybe struggling a little more than Ben or Cal who were on a hard front, but it’s not an excuse.
I just want to move forward and think about next year and the test we have on Tuesday. It has been a tough year, but we will try to take the positives from here and be optimistic for the 2012”.
Source: Repsol Media