Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa was upbeat and positive after his second place finish at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas yesterday. After qualifying in a strong second place, 2012 Championship runner-up made a trademark flying start and was the first man round the tricky uphill turn one at COTA.
|Pedrosa and Marquez in formation at COTA
Photo: Repsol Honda
Pedrosa made the choice to run the race on the soft compound Bridgestone rear tyre while his team-mate Marquez opted for the harder variety, with this in mind the elder Spaniard tried to make an early break and conserve tyre life later in the race; however his soon-to-come-of-age compatriot Marquez had other ideas and maturely shadowed him for 12 laps before making his decisive move with nine laps left.
To his credit, Pedrosa did not let Marquez go, not allowing his junior team member any time to relax but three laps before the finish a slight mistake cost Pedrosa a small gap and his race for the win was done. The gap back to third was significant enough to for Dani to regain composure and retain second place in the race and securing his first podium of 2013 and with it third place in the title race after the disappointment of Qatar.
Pedrosa said after the race “Today’s race was good and I’m happy with this second place. We had great pace, even though we knew that Marc was very strong. I tried to ride my own race and in the end I was losing a lot of time on the chicanes. I was tiring physically and I could not handle the bike well – especially in the first part of the circuit. In the second section of the track I was recovering quite a lot of time, but it was not enough. Furthermore, in one of the three laps before the end I made a mistake, lost around 1.5 seconds and Marc was able to get away. That was the point at which the race was lost for me. Still, I’m happy, my riding was pretty good today and I have improved compared with Qatar. I have to congratulate Marc as well, because he did a great job! Now we need to focus on Jerez – a circuit I like a lot”