Honda Repsol rider Dani Pedrosa came through in Jerez with a breakaway victory – one that he relishes despite the issues Honda faced.
Pedrosa lucked out a little bit, and he knows it. The boys in blue over at Yamaha were not able to mount a strong enough attack on the pace after both Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales experienced severe issues with tires and vibration issues – which gave both Repsol Honda (and Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo) a perfect opportunity to move up the grid.
While the removal of Yamaha from the picture did considerable lighten the workload of the Repsol Honda front men, Pedrosa is happy to take the win regardless:
“It’s amazing to pull out this win because our rivals were not as good – for some reason, I don’t know the situation. Normally they are favorites at this track and as usual every year at least one bike is on the podium from them.
We get back some points that we lost after our mistake in Argentina, so it is quite good for us and interesting for the championship.
It was a very nice race, I’m very happy. It was not as easy as I might think but I enjoyed because at the beginning I was so focused and it was important to do a very focused race.” – Dani Pedrosa
Although they didn’t have their Yamaha rivals alongside them to contend for the win, Pedrosa did believe that the team had done its homework correctly and lauded their continuous improvement on their 2017 challenger:
“I would say we are learning more about the bike and getting closer to where the bike is looking stronger, also set-up wise and electronics. Also, you are getting more used to the riding style of the bike, learning from our mistakes or our not good points.
We are able to stay more in a good area and also you have to add that Yamaha were not so strong here when normally they are. What we can do is try to step up little by little and since the last race we are improving, so hopefully we can keep improving in the same line.” – Dani Pedrosa
Pedrosa’s victory in Jerez makes it the second time that the Repsol Honda rider has seen the podium in the 2017 season, and if he keep up this kind of behaviour, he’ll be seeing much more of it in the future.