Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner have both admitted they had no answer for the pace of Jorge Lorenzo in Sunday's Italian Grand Prix. Pedrosa started from pole but was overtaken immediately by the Yamaha rider and never got back on terms. Dani finished a comfortable second but he acknowledged his victory hopes were damaged on the first lap.
“I braked late at the first corner but I missed something and Jorge was already there. Then a few corners later I was surprised by Dovizioso, he passed me also and it took a few laps for me to make the overtake on him as he was very strong in the first corner so I had to pass him in another part of the circuit. By this point Jorge had already opened up a small gap but I tried to get back in my rhythm and I started to lap in the 1’47’s. When I started to drop into these times though, my tyre began to spin a lot in the rear and I got some chatter so I was worried for the tyre. At this point I decided to slow down a little because to catch Jorge meant laps in 1’47’s. He was riding very strong so I have to congratulate him, finally for me a second place is a good result overall and I want to thank all the team for their hard work this weekend”.
Pedrosa now trails Lorenzo by nineteen points in the title chase but teammate Casey Stoner is even further back after finishing a disappointing eighth. The Australian made a mistake at Correntaio on lap ten which put paid to any hopes of a podium finish, something Stoner thought was achievable.
“It’s definitely not the way we planned it, we thought today we could be fighting for the podium and maybe have the pace to stay with Dani, Jorge has ridden fantastically all weekend and hasn’t really put a foot wrong but I think a third position would have been good today. However, we just couldn’t get the bike working. During our last attempts in warm up we couldn’t get anything to work, we weren’t very happy with the bike today and I just didn’t feel comfortable. I made a mistake in the race, I had a bit of a shake exiting turn 11 and when I arrived at turn 12 I had no brakes, I was squeezing them as hard as I could and thought I had enough brake power to stop before the edge of the track but I had too much momentum and had to ride through the gravel trap which wasted a lot of time. I’m sorry for the incident with Alvaro (Bautista), I went to make the pass into turn 2 and he started to close my front off and I couldn’t do anything. It’s a disappointing end to a difficult weekend that I thought I might be able to salvage something from but unfortunately not”.