MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa Pain in Spain

MotoGP Valencia

Dani Pedrosa ends the 2010 MotoGP season with the fastest lap of the race at Valencia in Spain. And Pedrosa was able to overcome his physical pain to defend his second place in the final championship standings from the attack of Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha).

With his seventh place Valencia finish, after reaching as high as second, the Repsol Honda Team rider secured second place in the MotoGP World Championship, with a 12-point advantage over the Italian rider.

Pedrosa got off to another spectacular start, climbing from eighth on the starting grid to second in just two turns. Just two laps later, the American Nicky Hayden crashed his ducati motorcycle while the Repsol rider closed the gap on Casey Stoner, on his final ride with Ducati.

Pedrosa was wheel to wheel with the Australian in the eighth lap, but his battered left shoulder and loss of strength affected him and little by little he started to lose pace while Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo closed in on him, until they finally passed him in the tenth lap.

Pedrosa could do little to defend his position because as the laps passed his pain increased and he lost strength in his left hand. Andrea Dovizioso, who was riding in fifth in a fierce battle with fellow Italian Marco Simoncelli, caught the Spanish rider eleven laps from the end and both he and Simoncelli also passed Pedrosa. Dani kept trying, overtaking them, but he could do little to prevent being passed again.

Dovizioso and Simoncelli rapidly broke away from Pedrosa, who set himself the objective of finishing the race in the highest position possible in order to defend his second place in the championship standings.

Riding in sixth, Spies came from behind at a fast pace and knocked Pedrosa down to seventh. The Spanish rider received a round of applause from his team when he returned to the garage after his brave performance. And as a personal mark, Pedrosa ended the 2010 season with the fastest lap of the race – lap 5 -, despite his physical problems.

The 2010 season has ended in Valencia today with Dani Pedrosa second in the final championship standings and teammate Andrea Dovizioso fifth.

Dani Pedrosa says: “This was the one of the hardest races of my life and also one of the ones I can feel most proud of. Honestly I was not sure at all before the start that I could do 30 laps today, but I managed to do it and I’m very happy now, and also exhausted.”

“To finish second in the championship was not our goal at the beginning of the season of course, but only we know how hard it has been to keep second place after the crash in Japan. We will take our time to recover after this race and we can also have a useful test on Tuesday and Wednesday in preparation for next year.”

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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).