by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
GP Week : Issue 191
5 MINUTES Another stroke of bad luck at Aragon spiked yet another championship challenge by Dani Pedrosa, already suffering the twin misfortunes of earlier injury and resultant damage to his points tally plus the arrival of yet another blazingly fast team-mate – Casey stoner replaced at Repsol Honda by Marc Marquez. GPWeeK's MICHAeL sCOTT spoke to him two days before the innocent race crash that spoiled everything. GPWeeK: Has Marquez upped the pace this year, or Jorge? Do you feel it’s faster? DANI PEDROSA: I really didn’t check the previous race times, but from my feeling, no. Qualifying yes, but not so much race time. Marquez has an individual style. Is it from Moto2? Has Moto2 brought something different to MotoGP? For me, it is hard to say. I come from 250; I’ve never ridden a Moto2, but I think there is something there in Moto2 – although he is the first Moto2 guy to be really quick in MotoGP. He may tell you something more but for me it is hard to judge. But obviously this entry (mimes being sideways under braking) comes from Moto2. Do you regret never having a chance yourself to ride Moto2? (Looks slightly disdainful) Pfffff. Were 250s better training? Because they were thoroughbred racing bikes? I won’t say Moto2 is not a real racing bike, but ... two-strokes in general makes things harder for average riders. So ... so two-strokes were more interesting for good riders then? Yes. And mechanics. Have four-strokes done the same in the big class –made it easier for average riders? I don’t know. Never been on a 500, so ... I wish I would have some laps on a 500. I was really close once, but it didn’t happen. You must look at Marc’s data. Where does he find an advantage? He is very fast on braking, but at the same time he has good corner speed and – basically his style is very aggressive. He falls the bike into the corner a lot and mid-corner, so he wins a lot of time in that point. Do you have to change your style in response? You have to change all the time. I am not the same guy riding I was in 125 or 250, or the first years in MotoGP. On the outside you might see the same, but it is way different. Is there one thing you have changed in the last year or so? Yeah. The entry is – before I was more careful, now I can over-ride it a bit more. So – I am more loose I think on the bike than before. Always when you are more loose you are more comfortable, because the bike can move around and if you are feeling comfy there is not such a big problem. Maybe it’s not faster, but it’s more safe. You have a history of tough team-mates. Do you wish it was different? In the end, when I race, I always race to the guy who is on top, because I always aim to be there. I aim to be battling or in front of the guy that is leading. So if my team-mate is not leading, I will be looking at the guy who is; if my team-mate is leading I will be looking at the same guy. Of course, it makes you to be all the time more awake than in the other way, when maybe you can sleep a little more in the box because there is no chase from the other side of the garage. They always say the first person you have to beat is your team-mate. Yes and no. It depends. They say this 5 MINUTES WITH dANI PEdROSA 20 GPWEEK.com // 20 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: