The Le Mans MotoGP race turned into a bit of a mystery for a couple of riders. Casey Stoner lost the front for no apparent reason, and Dani Pedrosa, who had looked strong all race, lost two places on the last lap of the race. Afterwards, Pedrosa spoke to the press, explaining that his problems at the end of the race had been caused by a rear brake which had failed. The Repsol Honda rider also expressed his frustration at the continuing problems with the RC212V. Here's what Pedrosa had to say.
Q: What happened at the end? Was your front tire gone?
Dani Pedrosa: No, I couldn't stop the bike. I was all the time off line and I was making mistakes.
Q: Because you were riding defensively?
DP: Not really, I wasn't closing with two laps to go, but my rear brake was finished, and I don't know. I didn't know I had no rear brake, I could push and it felt OK, I just felt I was not stopping for the last 10 laps or so. But I had Dovizioso behind, so I couldn't say "I'll brake a little bit earlier and make no mistakes," because he would get past easily. So I still had to brake very hard, but you could see that in the middle of the corner I was off line. So finally in the last lap, I lost two positions, just because of mistakes. It's disappointing.
Q: The chassis is working for you, are you anywhere near?
DP: I can't say this. I can't say it's working really. I mean the bike is going, but, I don't feel nothing special, because I can make one lap good, one lap bad, it's like you can easily make a mistake with this bike. I cannot be so constant, even though I try.
Q: It did not look like you on the bike. It was moving too much and it did not look like Pedrosa.
DP: Yes, I was fighting with the bike
Q: So really, even though you had a good race.
DP: It's a bit frustrating, because in the last two races, I lost a position on the last lap, and that's not very good, not so good feeling, because I was fighting, I did my best, and I lost in the last lap twice.
Q: Melandri had hist best result of the season after switching back to Showa. Does that make you long to be back on Showa instead of Ohlins?
DP: I think I have to deal with what I've got. Of course he did a good improvement, so he must feel better. I have to make do with what I have.