Pedrosa frustrated with second

autosport.com

Sun, 03 Jun 21:20:24 2012

Dani Pedrosa admitted he could not be satisfied with second place in the Catalunya Grand Prix as he had been so determined to beat Jorge Lorenzo to victory in their latest home MotoGP race.

Honda rider Pedrosa had taken the lead at the start from fifth on the grid, resisted early attacks from Yamaha's Ben Spies, then engaged in a long battle with Spies' team-mate Lorenzo that saw the two Spaniards exchange first place twice before the points-leading Yamaha rider made a crucial break.

"I was pushing all the time in this race. I really wanted to win," said Pedrosa, who admitted that his bike's pace had faded in the closing stages.

"It was the last 10 laps or so, I tried to keep the pace, but it was difficult to keep my bike straight all the time on the exit and entry of the corners.

"I tried to be defensive, as I knew my corner speed was not so good at the time. He was putting the pressure on, I tried to keep concentration, and finally I made a mistake and had a big wheelie. Then he tried to pull away and I couldn't follow, I was struggling to keep the bike straight.

"Second place is a bit disappointing today because I really wanted to win."

Pedrosa was also critical of how Lorenzo overtook him in their first battle.

"In the beginning I had a pretty tough moment when Jorge passed me the first time - he almost didn't leave me space, I almost touched him, and I really had to find my way in the first turn," said Pedrosa.

"I didn't know if I was going straight or I could make the corner. I finally made it and I lost some ground, but I could get back to him, get back in front, and pull away a little bit."

Pedrosa has taken four podium finishes in the opening five rounds of the 2012 MotoGP season, but is yet to win a race. The Spaniard is currently third in the championship, 30 points adrift of Lorenzo.

 

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