This is what Dani Pedrosa had to say to the press after the thrilling end to Sunday's MotoGP race:
"I pushed myself to the limit each lap, and tried not to make a mistake," Pedrosa said. "I was quite fast at the beginning, but I was surprised to be leading the race for so long. Then at the end, I saw the gap on my pit board go +3, +2.5, +2. Jorge was so fast, I thought this is going to be tight. I just tried to hang on, and try to close the door, I tried everything, but Jorge was too fast."
When asked about his result on a bike he had struggled on do much, Pedrosa admitted he was surprised, but still worried. "To finish 2nd is a great result, but I still have so much movement. We need to get a little bit more stability. I knew we would struggle in the race, and I'm really surprised to be second. Of course I'm disappointed, because Jorge took the lead with just half a lap to go. But I didn't expect to be up front so long." There were some definite improvements, though. "At Qatar, we had stability problems almost everywhere, even going into corners. Here, we improved that, but we still have stability problems on the straights and coming out of corners. "
Pedrosa said that the harsh power delivery was still a problem. Pedrosa had been asking for improvements for a while he said. "I think it was 2008 I first asked. When we were on the spring valve, the bike was more easy in general, easier to set up race by race. Then we changed the engine, the chassis was the same, and the bike then was also shaking all the time. "