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GP Week : Issue 53
>>Moto GPNEWS o an end Laguna Seca’s US Grand Prix on the weekend. The win was Pedrosa’s first on H Bridgestone tyres, and the first for the Japanese bike maker since Catalunya in 2008, when Pedrosa decimated the field on home soil. Two rounds later he took the championship lead at the Dutch TT at Assen, and then went on to look like he was going to win the German GP at Sachsenring. However, he fell mid-way through the race, handing victory to Casey Stoner and starting a run of bad luck, crashes and injuries that lasted until last Sunday. Pedrosa’s 2009 Laguna Seca win was hardly a fluke; he bolted from fourth on the grid and only looked ONDA’S MotoGP drought has been broken, with Dani Pedrosa taking a sensational – and dominant – win at threatened on the final lap, when some self-confesseded laziness left title leader Valentino Rossi in with a sniff. But while the verdict is still out as to whether or not the win spells a return to consistent form for Honda (see extensive race coverage, page 22), Pedrosa is delighted to be back in business. “This is a fantastic win for us and it’s a great feeling after such a long time without a victory,”he said. “The start to the season has been really difficult, and actually it’s been tough since Sachsenring last year, because I’ve had a lot of injuries and I haven’t been able to ride at 100 percent for a long time, or train properly. “But my team and Honda never gave up and I’d like to thank everyone who’s been working really hard to help me get back to this position. “My only mistake here was to slow down too much on the last lap, because I didn’t realize how close Valentino was. Anyway, it was a great race, a great day and it’s a great feeling.” Despite the dominant win, Pedrosa remains cautious as to chances of hunting down the three runaway leaders; Rossi, Stoner, and Jorge Lorenzo. “Now I just want to focus on each race and get the best results possible,”he added. “There’s a long way to go in the championship, but there’s also a big gap to the leaders, so I’m just going to take it one race at a time.” The next round is back at Sachsenring, where it all went wrong 12 months ago. Pedrosa says he is focussed on righting the wrongs.: “Sachsenring last year was very good until it became a disaster, so I hope this year it will be the opposite!” 5