The 79th running of the Dutch TT was a fruitless one for Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso who were both unfortunate to fall in the early stages of the race. After a strong showing in the morning warm-up, Pedrosa made a fast ...
The 79th running of the Dutch TT was a fruitless one for Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso who were both unfortunate to fall in the early stages of the race. After a strong showing in the morning warm-up, Pedrosa made a fast start from second on the grid and led through the first few corners at the famous Assen circuit. The 23-year-old Spaniard was looking secure in fourth place on lap five when he lost the front of his RC212V at Turn 1 and slid off the track. Luckily Pedrosa was unhurt and, despite the disappointment today, his performance this weekend has confirmed his rapid return to fitness. He has vowed to come back fighting at the US Grand Prix next weekend.
Dovizioso was also looking confident in the opening laps and was able to ride at the pace that his performance in the practice sessions had promised. He immediately moved up one place from eighth on the grid in the first lap and soon climbed a further two places as he overtook Colin Edwards and Chris Vermeulen. When Pedrosa fell his team-mate moved into a strong fourth which he held for six laps before misfortune struck and he too went down in the same place as Pedrosa. Though obviously unsatisfied with the events in the race, both Repsol Honda riders were positive about the feedback from the latest RC212V chassis they used throughout the weekend and will go to the Laguna Seca circuit in California in search of the results their talents deserve.
ANDREA DOVIZIOSO -- DNF -- World Championship position: 4th 69 points
"At the beginning the race was going well and I was lapping with a fast pace - the same as in the practice sessions. Fourth place was looking on the cards and I believe that would have been an achievable and a reasonable result for us, so I'm very disappointed about the crash at Turn 1. I had a good start but I was trapped by a bunch of riders and it took me a few laps to get by them. Once I was past I was feeling quite comfortable, although I wasn't sure I could catch Stoner. Then, while I was in the middle of the corner at the maximum lean and I lost the front. I wasn't on the brakes when it happened - we have to lean a long way over in the middle of the turn and that's when it caught me out. The next race is only a week away so we have to put this result behind us and focus on Laguna. It's a track I like and, in spite of today's result, I'm confident when can get a good result there."
DANI PEDROSA -- DNF -- World Championship position: 5th 67 points
"The good news is that I didn't hurt myself in the fall and, considering my recent run of luck with injuries, this is a big relief. But of course I'm disappointed with the result today because, even though it's unlikely I could have won the race, I was feeling strong on the bike again and believe I could have made the podium. My feeling on the machine this weekend has been much better and I have been able to ride close to my maximum potential, so I was quite confident coming into this race. I made a fast start and found a good rhythm, so the crash was very unexpected - for the whole weekend I had no warning this might happen. Now we have to forget this race and remain positive and focused because we have been the best in the past and I believe we can be the best again. The whole team deserves better than this and I know we will work even harder to take the fight to our rivals, even though they are very strong. Laguna is the next race and we will go there with the same positive mood that we brought to Assen this weekend."