Pedrosa 'gave everything' for Valencia win
14 November 2017 – Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa says he "gave it everything" in order to overhaul Tech 3 rival Johann Zarco, as he capped his season with victory at the Valencian Grand Prix.
Pedrosa preserved third for much of the race, running behind Zarco and Repsol Honda team-mate Marc Márquez, while keeping a comfortably buffer over the chasing Ducati riders.
Márquez passed Zarco for the lead with eight laps to go but at the next corner suffered a wild moment and almost crashed, dropping to fifth via a trip through the gravel.
Pedrosa remained hooked onto the rear of Zarco and attacked at the start of the final lap to capture the lead, and kept the Frenchman at bay thereafter to record his second win of the year.
"Obviously I'm very, very happy because a win is a win, and this was a very tough and hard-fought one," he said.
"We had a chance because we got a good start and the setup was working well, so we took it.
"The track wasn't easy as front grip wasn't perfect, and in fact we saw a lot of crashes in the race.
"I was just behind Marc when he made that save and it was incredible. The smoke, the noise, the speed – wow, impressive!
"I realised that the track had a limit, maybe because the rear had more grip, which pushed the front.
"Anyway, I tried to manage the front grip, but then in the last three laps I gave it everything to pass Johann.
"He was so good into the corners but finally I passed him on the last lap.
"I'm so happy to have won in front of my crowd, and I would like to dedicate this victory to my family, friends, fans, and the team."
Pedrosa's win also meant he moved up to fourth place in the final standings, ahead of Yamaha's Valentino Rossi.