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Dani Pedrosa relieved to finish Laguna Seca MotoGP race after errors

Dani Pedrosa on the Laguna Seca podiumDani Pedrosa said he was relieved not to crash out of the United States Grand Prix after making it home for a third-place finish at Laguna Seca.

Having joined Honda team-mate Casey Stoner and Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo in a three-way lead fight at first, Pedrosa ultimately fell seven seconds away and had to settle for the final step on the podium.

"In the beginning I was comfortable in the group," said Pedrosa. "Then Casey got by me and I was not worried.

"I don't remember exactly when it was, but I had a big moment. I lost the rear and almost crashed. I lost a lot of ground.

"I tried to get it back and two or three times I almost lost the front and was almost on the floor. I was lucky not to crash and that I finished the race.

"I didn't want to give up and I kept pushing with all I had, but today it wasn't enough and this was what I could get."

The Spaniard said he had not been comfortable with any of the Laguna tyre options. He ultimately ran a hard compound on the rear, unlike his victorious team-mate Stoner.

"It was a strange race," said Pedrosa. "I was not happy with any of the tyres. The soft was too soft and the hard had no grip. I chose the one I felt better with and I was quite confident about my choice."

Pedrosa remains second in the MotoGP championship, 23 points behind Lorenzo.

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