Dani Pedrosa secured his fourth podium of the season in yesterday’s Mugello Grand Prix, finishing second to countryman Jorge Lorenzo.
|Sitting pretty at the top of the championship
Photo: Repsol Honda
After his usual lightning start, Pedrosa lead the pack into the first corner but was firmly punted out of the way by Lorenzo exiting the turn, the Honda rider had no reply despite clinging onto the back of his compatriot for half the race. Pedrosa came under fire from his rookie team mate Marquez after Lorenzo had pulled away from the Honda duo; however, a crash from Marquez seemed to gift Pedrosa the vital second place and 20 championship points.
Although, rear grip issues began to hamper the 27 year old and he found himself with Tech3 rider Cal Crutchlow rapidly closing in with a few laps to go; the Spaniard managed to hold off the Brit, but had their been another lap perhaps, the result could have been very different…
Pedrosa leaves the Tuscan hills top of the pile in the championship, 12 points ahead of Jorge Lorenzo in second, with his team mate Marquez 26 points behind in third. This is the Spaniard’s best ever start to a MotoGP season, so naturally he’s content with the solid result in Italy, despite the grip issues:
“I didn’t feel fully comfortable in the race today, but I’m happy because I was able to gain a large number of points. In general, this was a difficult weekend. The back tyre was giving me a lot of problems with grip but taking 20 points from this race and maintaing the lead the World Championship is something positive”