​At the San Marino Grand Prix of Riviera di Rimini, Dani Pedrosa robbed the Shine off Valentino Rossi at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli by taking the checkered flag ahead of Rossi in 2nd to mark his first victory of the 2016 MotoGP World Championship. The Victory also makes Dani the 8th different rider to win a Grand Prix in a single season since the inception of Motorcycle Grand Prix in 1949.Pedrosa took his 29th premier class win and 103rd podium at the Italian track as he fought back up from a tough qualifying position on the third row, and in doing so kept his fantastic record of a race win in every year of his MotoGP™ career in tact. After a tough season and then a corner turned at the post-race test in Brno,the ‘Baby Samurai’ returned to the top step in spectacular style, taking first teammate Marquez, then the Movistar Yamahas of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi as he charged for the flag and crossed the line with a healthy margin – aggressive, unstoppable and uncatchable in his race rhythm to become the 8th Rider to win a Grand Prix in the Premier ClassDani Pedrosa (P1): “I just tried to focus on my rhythm. I didn’t have many options in the beginning, but once i was fourth I was on my own and i wasn’t really losing or recovering. I new I could do a good race but little by little I could see I could start to catch. I didn’t think about the victory until 10 laps to go…I wasn’t thinking about the win, but then I realized I could catch Valentino. Once I got my rhythm with Marc and Jorge I knew that if I wanted to go with Valentino, I had to pass. I was worried at the start of the race because I’d never used this tyre in the hot conditions – only in the morning. But my feeling was good. On the start grid I was a bit nervous knowing I was the only one of us with that tyre choice but once I started I knew it was better for me.“It’s been hard and it’s super to give my fans, team and family and friends something back for their support. I didn’t enjoy some races recently, but this one I really did. We need to keep focused for the next race – we’ve seen that every one can be different. We need to keep our feet on the ground!”


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