Originally Posted by swimmer
With acknowledgement that HRC was hammpered with chatter in the early part of last year after the new tire was introduced which explains some of the difference in Pedrosa's results early season vs. end of season I think Pedrosa still rode a little conservatively in the 1st half of last year trying to avoid the injuries that constantly plague him. I think he's taking that same approach this year and we can expect him to turn it up a notch later in the year and dominate the 2nd half of the season once again.
Pedrosa would be looking just fine if he had not just acquired the team mate from hell. He is no longer being compared to his previous achievements but to current form relative
to his teamie.