Pedrosa: Top three guys had better pace

Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa says he struggled as if riding on a wet track at Jerez in Sunday’s MotoGP due to tyre degradation.

Pedrosa finished fourth well behind race winner Valentino Rossi on his Yamaha. In second place was Jorge Lorenzo and third was Marc Marquez on his Honda.

The 30-year-old Pedrosa started the race well but was not able to maintain his pace due to rear tyre degradation.

In an interview afterwards, Pedrosa said it was difficult to ride his bike on Sunday saying it felt like he was racing in wet conditions.

“The tyre was quite difficult to ride,” Pedrosa told media. “On the straights into third, fourth, fifth [gear], the tyre was spinning as if I was riding in the wet.

“So for 70 percent of the time it was as if we were riding in the wet with the throttle, the gears, the [lean] angle – everything super-smooth.”

The Spaniard added that he was not in a position to ever challenge for a podium finish.

“I made a good first lap, but after that I knew the top three guys had better pace than me,” he said. “I tried to follow but I couldn’t, and I settled for fourth.

“I tried to save the tyre because there was a lot of drop-off already from lap 12 or 13 [of 27], this was the stage when Aleix (Espargaro) got closer.

“I was patient, getting the laps done, and then with seven or eight to go I started to push and I easily gapped him and caught Marc.

“He did the reverse strategy, he tried to follow [Jorge] Lorenzo, maybe had some issues with the tyre, and dropped back at the end. I was catching him a lot at the end, but I don’t think I could have got much more out of the current situation.”