Dani Pedrosa explains how the weather in Jerez helped him record a second successive podium, despite the odds being stacked against the Spaniard last weekend. Dealt a difficult hand, Pedrosa hopes another shoulder operation this week will help him focus fully on his racing.
We had an intense weekend in Jerez and I’m sure many of you were there so you will have seen what happened first hand. It was not very good weather, with a lot of rain, but for once I can say that the bad weather was good for me!
As you know, I’ve never really liked riding in the wet, although the last few times I have begun to go a bit faster. This time the weather made things a bit easier for us. I had my doubts whether I would have been able to finish if it had been a dry race, but as the day went on the rain helped me have a better race than I had expected.
The physical exertion is less, although it is also true that riding in the wet has other demands, especially on your concentration when you know that any slip can put you off the bike. In fact, we saw that many riders were not able to finish the race.
At one point, I began to feel uncomfortable. I lost some of the feeling in my hand, although not as bad as in Qatar. We also had problems with the tyres which were damaged and which meant that we couldn’t go flat out on the straights. But in the end, everything went well.
I’m pleased at being able to finish and especially taking 20 points from Jerez. We did not count on getting that many points. We went to Jerez without any specific goal in mind. With all the problems that we’ve had, to leave the first two races with a third and a second place is very good.
Now, as you know, I’m having to undergo an operation. Since it was announced publicly that I would have to have another operation, many of you have sent me messages of encouragement, both on my blog and in person. I know everyone says it, but I want to thank you for your support because it helps me a lot.
Operations are never pleasant, but I hope everything goes well and that it will be my last. From here on in, I want to be able to focus on riding the bike which is what I most enjoy and doing the best I can possibly do.
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