Rossi: Pedrosa as dangerous a MotoGP title rival as Vinales/Marquez

Spanish Grand Prix winner Dani Pedrosa is as credible a threat in this year's MotoGP title chase as Marc Marquez or Maverick Vinales, Valentino Rossi believes

Rossi: Pedrosa as dangerous a MotoGP title rival as Vinales/Marquez

Pedrosa's Jerez victory last weekend means he moves up to fourth in the riders' standings and within 10 points of leader Rossi, who struggled to a lowly 10th place.

While Marquez and Vinales - who finished second and sixth at Jerez - are his closest challengers, Rossi believes Pedrosa will be an equally formidable opponent for the rest of the year.

"Honda has made a real comeback, they dominated all weekend," said Rossi.

"The most worrying thing is that the Honda has been very strong while we had problems throughout the race.

"This year Pedrosa is on top form, and I have always considered him among the candidates for the title battle.

"He came from a podium [in Austin] and in Jerez he has been really strong.

"However, Dani is not just strong [at Jerez] - he will be a dangerous rival on the same level as Marquez and Vinales."

Pedrosa said he was baffled by Yamaha's struggles in the first European event of the season, with Tech3 rookie Johann Zarco its highest finisher in fourth, but was satisfied to be making progress after a tough start to his year.

Marquez and Pedrosa finished fourth and fifth in Qatar before both crashing out in Argentina, while Marquez claimed Honda's first win in the United States.

"I would say we are learning more about the bike and getting closer to where the bike is looking stronger," said Pedrosa.

"Also you are getting more used to the riding style of the bike and learning from our mistakes and our not-so-good points, and we are able to stay more in the good area.

"For some reason Yamaha was not strong this year [at Jerez] when normally they are.

"I don't know what their situation is, but normally at this track every year at least one bike from them is on the podium.

"So to get back some points that we lost after our mistake in Argentina is quite good for us.

"Since the last race we are improving, and hopefully we can keep improving in the same line."

shares
comments
Has Rossi's replacement already stepped forward?
Previous article

Has Rossi's replacement already stepped forward?

Next article

Aprilia MotoGP team working on new gearbox and chassis

Aprilia MotoGP team working on new gearbox and chassis
Load comments
Valentino Rossi’s 10 greatest MotoGP races Plus

Valentino Rossi’s 10 greatest MotoGP races

As the Italian legend finally bows out and retires from MotoGP, it marks the end of one of the most incredible careers in motorsport history. Here is Autosport’s pick of his best rides and the stories behind them

How Ducati has drawn first blood in the 2022 MotoGP title race Plus

How Ducati has drawn first blood in the 2022 MotoGP title race

The 2021 MotoGP season may have only just ended but preparations for 2022 are well underway following a two-day test at Jerez this week. Ducati has hit the ground running while a lack of progress dominated Yamaha’s and world champion Fabio Quartararo’s test. While no battle lines have been drawn yet for 2022, it appears Ducati has already drawn first blood...

MotoGP
Nov 20, 2021
Why Suzuki's quest for a new MotoGP boss may be too late Plus

Why Suzuki's quest for a new MotoGP boss may be too late

Suzuki is on the search for a new team manager after its decision not to replace Davide Brivio at the start of 2021 was backed up by its unsuccessful bid to help Joan Mir defend his 2020 MotoGP world title. But whoever Shinichi Sahara appoints next, it may have already come too late to convince Mir to stick with the project

MotoGP
Nov 19, 2021
How Rossi got the perfect send-off to his MotoGP career Plus

How Rossi got the perfect send-off to his MotoGP career

The greatest chapter in MotoGP history came to a close at the Valencia Grand Prix as Valentino Rossi bid farewell after 26 seasons of grand prix racing. While his run to a strong 10th was a pleasing end to his time in MotoGP, it was what happened at the front of the grid that capped the Italian's ideal send-off

MotoGP
Nov 15, 2021
Why MotoGP's under-fire graduate has a point to prove Plus

Why MotoGP's under-fire graduate has a point to prove

OPINION: MotoGP-bound Darryn Binder was already under the microscope as his jump from Moto3 to join RNF's new top-class team was announced. But his crash with title hopeful Dennis Foggia caused significant consternation among the ranks - with many current riders suggesting the top level should be harder to break into as a result

MotoGP
Nov 9, 2021
How Portugal exposed the biggest threat to Quartararo’s MotoGP title defence Plus

How Portugal exposed the biggest threat to Quartararo’s MotoGP title defence

Fabio Quartararo’s first DNF of his title-winning 2021 MotoGP season couldn’t have come at a better time. But the events of the Yamaha rider’s Algarve Grand Prix exposed the M1’s well-known major weakness, which could threaten his championship defence given the increasingly Ducati-heavy makeup of the grid heading into 2022

MotoGP
Nov 8, 2021
The financial implications fuelling junior bike racing's dangerous aggression Plus

The financial implications fuelling junior bike racing's dangerous aggression

The pressure shouldered by young riders is at the root of the increased on-track aggression seen in lower categories of late, which motorcycling's governing bodies want to curb with new rules. But will stopping under-18s from racing in the world championship and capping grid sizes prevent the often desperate acts of youths pursuing their MotoGP dreams?

MotoGP
Nov 2, 2021
The three factors that crowned MotoGP’s newest champion at Misano Plus

The three factors that crowned MotoGP’s newest champion at Misano

The prospect of Fabio Quartararo clinching the 2021 MotoGP world championship title at Misano appeared small after struggling to 15th in qualifying, while main rival Francesco Bagnaia took pole. Here's how the Yamaha rider turned it around, with help from an ill-fated Bagnaia tyre choice, to secure the crown with two races to spare

MotoGP
Oct 25, 2021