Dani Pedrosa: ‘I pushed hard, I have no regrets’
Dani magnanimous in defeat as he congratulates Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner and Moto2 champion Marc Marquez.
The chase for the 2012 MotoGP World Championship title is over. And it ended in huge disappointment for contender Dani Pedrosa at Phillip Island, as he crashed out on the second lap in a race he was pushing to win, despite the incredible domaination his teammate Casey showed throughout the weekend.
Dani took the lead on the first lap, overtaking Lorenzo in Turn 4, and in that same turn, a lap later, he lost the front and his race and title hopes were over. Casey started to increase his amazing pace lap by lap to take the checkered flag 9.2 seconds ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, who with this result was crowned MotoGP World Champion. The Repsol Honda riders have now consolidated their final standings in the 2012 Championship, Dani in 2nd and Casey 3rd with one race to go, in Valencia in two weeks time.
DANI PEDROSA – DNF
“It’s a sad feeling more than disappointment; I pushed as hard as I could; I did what I had to do and I have no regrets for my riding, especially this season. I feel very proud of my team and of my performance throughout the year. I think after what happened in Misano, we showed a very good attitude, skill and power. So, there is some sadness because we’ve been closer than ever to take the title, but also proud for all we achieved. Concerning the crash, it was nothing strange; I just went wider on the corner, I had some chatter and lost the front; maybe the tyre was not warm enough as well, but it’s like it is. Congratulations to Casey for his sixth win at his home Grand Prix and to Lorenzo because he deserved the championship, as well as Marc Márquez in Moto2”.
Source: Repsol Honda Team