Pedrosa takes third at Italian Grand Prix
Dani Pedrosa, who trails Italian Valentino Rossi by 12 points in the championship, complained about the state of his tires in the race's last laps.2 June 2008
MADRID - Neither Dani Pedrosa nor Jorge Lorenzo was able to come between Valentino Rossi and his seventh consecutive win at MotoGP's Italian Grand Prix on Sunday. The Italian finished two seconds ahead of Australian world champion Casey Stoner on his Ducati, while Pedrosa came in third for Honda.
MotoGP rookie and Rossi's Yamaha teammate Lorenzo fell at Mugello after erring in his bid to pass Italy's Andrea Dovizioso. It was the first time in his accident-strewn season that 250cc champion Lorenzo has failed to finish.
Pedrosa, who trails Rossi by 12 points in the championship, complained about the state of his tires in the race's last laps, although the Spaniard also added that his performance, "could been worse".
"In the end, we earned a spot on the podium, although we lost nine points... I'd like to finish the races stronger in the future," he said.
After six races, Rossi leads with 122 championship points, Pedrosa has 110, and Lorenzo, having slipped to third, posts 94.
In the 250cc race, Italy's Marco Simoncelli finished on top after bumping then-leader Héctor Barberá, provoking the Spaniard's crash on the race's last lap.
Pedrosa later commented on the crash: "What Simoncelli did, from my point of view, is not right; you can't be that dirty because you are playing with your life."
[El Pais / Expatica]