Pedrosa ends year as championship runner-up
8 November 2010 – Spain celebrates a 1-2 result in this year’s MotoGP standings, with Honda rider Dani Pedrosa having held second place overall in Sunday’s season-ending Grand Prix of Valentino. 13 points in arrears, Valentino Rossi ends the campaign third after returning from injury to launch a strong assault on the position.
“This was the one of the hardest races of my life and also one of the ones I can feel most proud of,” said Pedrosa, who has also been injured in 2010 and whose final points sum of 246 trails the figure of compatriot Jorge Lorenzo by 137.
“Honestly, I was not sure at all before the start that I could do 30 laps today, but I managed to do it and I’m very happy now, and also exhausted. I made a good start and to stay with Stoner in the early laps was amazing for me.
“I fought as hard as possible to maintain the pace for as long as I could and it was during this period that I set the fastest lap of the race; but of course my strength was ebbing away little by little and I was caught by the group behind me.
“From then on I just concentrated on staying on the bike and finishing the race - I was counting down the laps.
“To finish second in the championship was not our goal at the beginning of the season, of course, but only we know how hard it has been to keep second place after the crash in Japan. We will take our time to recover after this race and we can also have a useful test on Tuesday and Wednesday in preparation for next year.”