MotoGP Thoughts: Why 2013 Is Not Pedrosa’s Year Yet
Dani Pedrosa has certainly shown a lot of maturity after the 2012 MotoGP season. Gone was the rider who succumbed to pressure when being tailed off for the better half of the race and eventually being passed off a few laps before the end of the race. He wasn’t certainly the rider that people thought of as *weak*, *breaks easily* and in the world of the fastest two-wheeled machines, *slowest to the finish line when it mattered*. He gave eventual 2012 champion Jorge Lorenzo a run for the title by riding more aggressive and faster. But a string of bad luck hampered what could be the year that he secured his first ever MotoGP championship.
And I must say that for this year, Dani Pedrosa will need to summon all the strengths, experiences (and luck to be on his side) if he wants to win the championship. The road to championship is much tougher considering the following premise:
1. Jorge Lorenzo is still showing his consistency and mastery in riding the Yamaha M1 and this will continue on with the motivation of defending the championship. Add the fact that he will be riding against Valentino Rossi whom everyone considers a benchmark in MotoGP.
2. Valentino Rossi‘s return to Yamaha is nothing short of an enormous desire from the rider to step back into the limelight of winning. With the desire of winning is the idea of regaining the championship. In Rossi’s mind, the picture of getting the wins and eventually the championship back from Lorenzo is a reflection of his return to the Yamaha garage.
3. Marc Marquez has shown brilliance right from the start of the testing season and he will continue to be faster as he adapts to the bike. This was very evident when this young rider switched from the 125 to Moto2 class (and almost winning the championship on his first year). Add the brilliance of HRC to ensure that Marquez whom they are touting to be their next premiere rider in the years to come to get the best support technically possible.
4. More experiences from Nicky Hayden, Stefan Bradl and Cal Crutchlow on their current bikes could also make things difficult for Pedrosa in the event he qualifies before any of these riders.
The riders mentioned above will certainly give Pedrosa so much to overcome for this season and it is certainly no easy task. It is also fair to conclude that he wouldn’t find it easier amongst the other riders like Andrea Dovizioso, Andrea Iannone, Ben Spies, and the others who are riding new bikes for the season. These guys certainly want to show their mettle in the premiere class and prove to their team and sponsors that with a good piece of equipment, they can have decent results in the race.
But the biggest obstacle to Dani Pedrosa’s quest for the crown and glory this year may in fact be himself. He has certainly shown that he could ride fast and aggressive, stay with the front runners and make his way past them to get the win. Although still lacking is the consistency that champions like Lorenzo, Stoner and Rossi have done during their championship run. For Dani Pedrosa to get the championship, he would need to probably match the consistency of the defending champion every race weekend but with the added aggression to ensure that he finishes ahead of the Spaniard.
During the course of the year, a lot of things may happen. I may be wrong and far from the reality of what Dani Pedrosa can show us this year in every race weekend. But certainly, it would be a pleasant spectacle to witness Dani race his heart out and win the championship this year in a very competitive line up.
By Angelo Anolin - MotoGP Correspondent for RTR Sports Marketing In the pictures: Dani Pedrosa Pictures from the web