Dani Pedrosa felt Sunday’s victory in the Czech Republic Grand Prix was one of the greatest of his MotoGP career. The Repsol Honda rider overtook Jorge Lorenzo at the very last corner to beat him by a tenth of a second, closing his championship lead to thirteen points in the process.
While overjoyed at the win, Pedrosa is mindful that the championship still has a long way to run and is focussed on maintaining the momentum in the races that follow.
“Today was one of my best races in MotoGP ever, to win with a big gap is always nice, but to have a battle like today with Jorge, it’s sometimes more rewarding. It was a difficult last lap because I knew that Jorge was very fast in the middle of the corner and I could hear the bike right on me and I knew that just the smallest gap would allow him to pass. In fact, in that left corner I opened the door just a little more than normal and ‘boom’ he was there, I could see his bike in my face! With just half a lap to go, I was a little more nervous than before but I knew I had some strong points coming to the end of the lap. I tried to get the best drive out of the hill and then in the last corner I was beside him, when I released the brakes we were side by side in the corner and I was able to take my line and win the race. It was amazing and I’m really happy with this victory, for all my team and also for my father because it is his birthday!”
“For the Championship we must keep up this momentum as Jorge is riding very strong and consistently in the top two. Testing will be important to set us up for the final part of the season, so let’s see what we can do”.