3. DANI PEDROSA (MotoGP)
Malaysia was all about redemption for Dani Pedrosa after the accident at Aragon which capped off a miserable summer for the Spaniard. Pedrosa last tasted victory at Le Mans in May and suffered the latest in a long line of injuries at the Sachsenring. More painful though will have been the damage to Dani’s pride as his rookie teammate relentlessly charges to the title in a year when many thought Pedrosa would have his big chance.
Friday practice signalled a return to the old Pedrosa as the no.26 topped both sessions but a shower prior to Qualifying 2 prompted an understandably cautious approach, allowing Marquez to grab pole. Despite starting fifth, Pedrosa outclassed the opposition and was never threatened from the moment he slipstreamed past Jorge Lorenzo on the fifth lap.
For a rider who isn’t the most demonstrative in his celebrations, Dani was visibly overjoyed after his first win in eleven races and it wasn’t hard to see why. Pedrosa was back to his brilliant best and although it may be too late to do anything about this year’s championship, it should certainly ensure he ends 2013 on a high.
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