Published: Mon, September 25, 2017
Money | By Oscar Reynolds

Valentino Rossi: Dani Pedrosa slams rival after MotoGP in Aragon

Valentino Rossi: Dani Pedrosa slams rival after MotoGP in Aragon

Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo impressively made it to the front grid in second position coming from Q1, but the most impressive ride today has to be Valentino Rossi qualifying in third, despite coming back from a fresh injury!

Pedrosa completed a flawless day for Honda as he stormed through second half of the race after a slow start to blow past Rossi, Vinales and Lorenzo in the latter stages.

"Rossi made a odd movement towards me, closing my space at a speed of 300 kilometers per hour.it's not good, but I managed to overcome it and able to compete for the podium, "said Pedrosa quoted from Sky Sports". Soon after that Pedrosa on the second works Honda ran wide, letting both Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Marquez move past - and the front four were able to pull away. "Unfortunately I did too many laps behind Maverick and I lose a little bit of the gap at the beginning", said Pedrosa.

His nearest challenger was Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro, whose 1m49.206s lap vaulted him ahead of Marc VDS Honda rider Jack Miller in the closing stages.

However, the 38-year-old, who limped to his bike, did enough to make it into the second qualifying session, proving he is not in Aragon to make up the numbers. Tech 3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco finished, this time on the bike.

"After, I worked very hard". The tenth spot was taken by KTM's Pol Espargaro. "I was fighting against the bike all the race", he said.

"I tried to get back the feeling but even in the last part of the race the feeling was not the best one".

He is placed fourth in the world championship table, 42 points behind Marquez and Dovizioso with five races remaining.

Coming in second on Sunday was Ducati's Spanish racer Dani Pedrosa, 0.879 seconds slower than the victor.

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