Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa leaves Catalonia top of the championship standings after finishing this weekends Catalan GP in second, ahead of rookie team mate Marc Marquez.
|Delight? Or relief?
Photo: Repsol Honda
Pedrosa looked as though he was going to whitewash the competition in his 200th Grand Prix following his astounding performance in qualifying on Saturday when he broke Casey Stoner’s five year old lap record, set on old style qualifying tyres, much to the delight of his home fans.
Today, however, it was very much Lorenzo’s race from the holeshot to the finish. Whilst Pedrosa and team mate Marquez followed the Yamaha rider closely for much of the race they failed to match the reigning champions pace as their tyres began to wear later on in proceedings. As Lorenzo formed a slight gap between his M1 and the pursuing RC213Vs, Pedrosa came under fire from his exuberant young team mate in the final few laps but a locked front end for Marquez at turn four on the penultimate lap gifted Pedrosa second on the podium.
This means that Pedrosa now has 123 points in the championship, seven ahead of Lorenzo in second.
“Today was a bit of a strange race. We could not get maximum performance and physically it was very hard, because of the heat of the bike and the tyres. When I tried to open the throttle the bike wobbled in the front and I had to be very careful. We three frontrunners were battling the track conditions today. It was a bit disappointing not to be able to push more, since the differences between us all was minimal. We rode practically the entire race without any overtaking. It was very easy to make a mistake and in fact, on the closing laps, Marc made one and I had a slide, but in the end we were able to take a very important second place. We expected to do better after yesterday, but we now have an extra twenty points and we continue to lead the standings”