Final Race in Valencia: Predrosa on the podium
Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) rode a thrilling season finale at Valencia this afternoon, challenging for victory in the final few laps and finishing a close third, just behind race winner and new World Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha). Pedrosa didn’t have the pace in the early stages because he had front grip concerns, so he eased his pace to cool the tire and then pushed again. Immediately his lap times dropped once more and he started closing on his team-mate and Lorenzo. He made one attempted pass on his fellow RC213V rider, but didn’t quite make it and ran slightly wide, also pushing Marquez wide, which prevented the youngster from making a last gasp attack on Lorenzo.
"I’m very happy and I enjoyed the race – especially in the final part! In the end I found the way to be faster and I was able to ride better and recover ground. When I caught up I saw that there were two laps remaining and I tried to attack, but when I overtook Marc I ran wide and he returned the pass. I am happy because what I can take from here – as well as the third place in the race and fourth in the Championship – is the attitude and the progress we have made in the final part of the season. We’ve been very strong and I hope that we can continue that this winter and next year."