Honda: Pedrosa is still a top racer

Author of the article: , published on December 23, 2014.

Honda boss Livio Suppo claims that Dani Pedrosa, despite not yet becoming a world champion in the elite class, is one of MotoGP’s top racers.

The Spaniard has won 26 races in the Honda factory team in nine seasons, but has not yet won the world title, and in the last two seasons he has been overshadowed by teammate Marc Maruqez.

Pedrosa was the first to beat Marquez this season. This happened at the Czech Grand Prix in Brno, and later the Spaniard slipped to fourth place in the championship, behind both Yamaha racers, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.

Suppo claims that it is not only Dani who is to blame for the lack of points, but he cited the collision with Andrea Iannone in Australia as an example.

“Denmark is a bit sorry for me as he was in second place in the overall standings almost all season,” Suppo said. “Unfortunately, he lost this place due to some bad races, especially one where he was not to blame for the bad result.

The first four racers are one step ahead of the others and Dani remains at this exclusive club. We’ll see how he does next season. People forget that after Jerez he underwent hand surgery and that he raced in Le Mans in poor condition. That didn’t help him at all at the start of the season.

It's hard to say if something is wrong, maybe it's just the sum of several factors, ”explained the Honda boss. It is the latter that Pedrosa claims. “It’s been a tough season for me,” he admitted. “I had more problems here and there and I couldn’t race the way I could. But it is necessary to extract something positive from all this, so I am focusing on next season, when I hope to be even stronger, ”said the Spaniard, who extended his contract with Honda until the end of the 2016 season this summer.

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