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Dani Pedrosa - Man or Mouse?

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Thought'd I pass on a very interesting snipet regarding the ever so chearful Daniel P'Derosa esq. Courtesy of the www.superbikeplanet.com website.

This week, Alberto Puig (pronounced like "Dooge", but with a P), manager/handler to Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa, did an "interview" with Motogp.com, wherein he was hyper-critical of DeePee's outgoing teammate, Nick Hayden. Puig accused Hayden of being "jealous of" and "acting like a hypocrite" about Pedrosa; and claims that Nicky "may be bothered because now he can't access information and telemetry data from Dani's bike".

Obviously, someone has pissed in Alberto's paella. Recently, Hayden did an interview with El Pais, the most widely circulated daily newspaper in Spain, where he said that essentially, Puig controls Honda Racing. Nicky's playful, tongue in cheek comments at Indy about the strife at Repsol HRC since Pedrosa's arrival may have been a catalyst. Or perhaps the media criticism of Dani's mid-season switch to Bridgestone tires, speculation over Puig's part in those machinations and DeePee's erratic 2008 results have taken their toll, and he just felt like ragging on someone. Maybe it was all those boos for Dani at Indianapolis....or was it Hayden's switch to Ducati for 2009, a move which garnered almost universal approval from pundits and paddock peeps alike? Podium finishes for #69 in the last two races, all these good vibes around Nick.....the perfect time to drop a fistful of "amargo caca" in the punchbowl.

It's doubtful that Nicky will fire back at Puig, it is just not the guy's style and he predictably takes the high road in such unpleasantness.

Reading the Puig interview, the questions come off as decidedly "lead in", leaving the door wide open to take shots at Nicky. MotoGP.com's interviews aren't typically controversial or gossipy— conspiracy theorists might do the sums as follows: Spanish Manager of Spanish Rider Interviewed by Website of Spanish Series = unchecked slagfest.

In a way, you can feel Puig's pain. Dani's been in the premier class for 3 seasons now, and his success or failure must have an impact on Puig's position of strength with Repsol and HRC. Alberto Puig never secured the MotoGP championship during his career as a rider, winning just one race (Jerez 1995); he can only taste the champion's champagne vicariously. Since the debut of the RC212V, Pedrosa has certainly had better results than Nicky, who finished 8th in 2007 with Dani as the series runner up to Stoner. Nicky has never really got on that well with the 212, a bike which looks like it was hit by Doctor Shrinker's Shrink Ray. Curiously, Puig blames Hayden for the flawed development of the machine, stating that he "never knew how to set-up a bike", comments which Pedrosa has aped as well. Of course, Hayden did win the Championship in 2006, solely developing the RC211V "lab bike"; the RC212V looks like it was tailor-made for Pedrosa. But Pedrosa hasn't been able to bring home the title on it as of yet.

Puig's statement that Hayden relies on Pedrosa's data and settings seems patently ludicrous. Firstly, Hayden has been running the pneumatic valve engine for some time, which has entirely different power characteristics and weight distribution than the valve spring engine Pedrosa has used for most of 2008. The pnuemi' is also a thirstier bike, which means different tuning. Secondly, Hayden's dirt-track influenced, back-it-in style is markedly different than Pedrosa's, who came up through the 125 and 250cc ranks - the suspension settings would need to be entirely different to accommodate each rider. Lastly, Hayden is physically heavier and larger than the tiny Pedrosa, who could "represent the Lollipop Guild" if taken by tornado to Oz. So it's highly doubtful that Nicky could use much of the information Pedrosa's side of the garage might provide.

But the most damning fact about data sharing in the Repsol garage is this: knowledgable sources say that Dani Pedrosa re-upped his contract with HRC last year, and in that agreement, he stipulated that he would have full access to Nicky Hayden's data (or any rider on a Honda who is fast)...while also stipulating that his own data would be kept private. Therefore, Pedrosa can view Nicky's data anytime he wants, but Hayden has not been able to view Pedrosa's data all year long. This kind of information would certainly help solve setup issues in a shorter timeframe.

It would be no surprise if Hayden were bothered by this less-than-equitable arrangement, and certainly provides a clue as to why a team environment currently seems an impossibility at Repsol HRC. And it doesn't look as though it will be any different next year for Hayden's replacement, Andrea Dovizioso. Although Puig has been respectfully dismissive of Dovi in the press so far, there are rumors that he has taken steps to ensure that Dani remains the #1 rider, and that there will be no development resources allocated to Andrea. Dovi wore a helmet at Indy on Sunday which had the phrase "Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark"" written on it in Italian. There were whispers that the message was directed at the shadowy gamesmanship of Puig and Pedrosa. Hayden is quite friendly with Dovizioso, so despite #69's exodus to Marlboro Ducati, fans will still have a rider to cheer on in the Repsol Honda squad in 2009. And Dovi is a steady, aggressive rider who will bring the fight to Dani, #2 status be damned.

One has to wonder if Dani Pedrosa's legendary soggy-diaper demeanor is the true nature of his personality, or if under Puig's Palpatine-esque tutelage, his Pampers have gotten leakier. Alberto's swipe at Hayden seemed a bit like having your mother wait at the bus stop to berate the kids who pick on you. Some feel that the Puig/Pedrosa camp have built their castle on a swamp of toxic entitlement—could this attack on Hayden be a cheap diversion tactic, pulled from the Public Relations 101 playbook? The switch to Bridgestones was surely orchestrated by Puig, although Dani took much of the heat in the press. The strategy was sound, given the fait-accompli switch of the entire paddock to the Japanese tires in 2009. But certainly, the embarrassment caused to HRC and Michelin was real, and let's not forget that all the other Michelin riders (including Nicky, Toseland, Edwards, etc) are finishing out the season on the French hoops, toughing it out. Even Valentino Rossi, a rider with both hands firmly on the tiller of MotoGP, refrained from switching mid-season when unhappy with the Michelins, and it certainly was within his power to change.

How to shift the perception that you're a spoiled kid, whose screechy parent can't hide the fact that you've been given everything but can't deliver?

Stir the shitpot and splash it somewhere else. Deflect. Distract. Change the subject.

Don't be surprised if next week, the Weekly World News has the headline: "MOTOGP SHOCKER - DANI PEDROSA IS BAT BOY!"

ENDS.

That boy is gonna have to win it next year or it's P45 time. Personally, I think Dovi' will mash him up by round three.......! :P

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Thought'd I pass on a very interesting snipet regarding the ever so chearful Daniel P'Derosa esq. Courtesy of the www.superbikeplanet.com website.

How to shift the perception that you're a spoiled kid, whose screechy parent can't hide the fact that you've been given everything but can't deliver?

Stir the shitpot and splash it somewhere else. Deflect. Distract. Change the subject.

Don't be surprised if next week, the Weekly World News has the headline: "MOTOGP SHOCKER - DANI PEDROSA IS BAT BOY!"

ENDS.

That boy is gonna have to win it next year or it's P45 time. Personally, I think Dovi' will mash him up by round three.......! :P

Dovi will f##k him right up. Dani Pedrosa is only good when he runs away at the front, hes not a racer, he just a fast rider. As he showed at Phillip Island, the minute anyone else is near him he falls off. I think the way he and Honda have treated Nicky Hayden is disgusting. I hope Dovi spanks him and also that Nicky tears him a new a#sehole with that Ducati.

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this whole stroppy, whining, i have it get it my way or else attitude is one of the reasons i prefer suprbikes over over MotoGP

that said i am looking forward to seeing hayden on a duke.. he deserves it.. wouldn't mind seeing edwards back in WSB, think that'd be good to watch

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Dani Pedrosa is only good when he runs away at the front, hes not a racer, he just a fast rider.

ive been saying that for years, he hasnt got the balls to put a feisty pass on someone for fear they'll storm into his pit and nick his lunch money

when he can make the break in the first few laps he can ride like the wind, but he's not very good at forcefull passing or even outbraking people

did he ever club race ? :blink:

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Cant wait for one tyre rule next season, no excuses then, we can see who can hold their own and who's a great big jessie and I think your gonna find Pedrosa is gonna come under some serious fire from competition he just did not expect next year, Haydon being one of them, Edwards and Dovi. I said 08 was gonna be a cracking season, I think 09 is going to be even more interesting!

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maybe what the stroppy little git needs is to take a year out and come back in WSB.........may have worked for the last ego who thought he was bigger than the team!!!!!!!

mind you, he still had "sharing" strops this year!!

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I really hope Dovi out performs pedrosa hes a great character and shown time and time again he can do the business. Golden boy pedrosa isn't doin too well and hopefully won't be long until he's out of a job at HRC when he can't win next year either. As for the comment about WSB, well world superbikes for me is soooooo much more fun to watch. It's good to see the brit championship boys wildcard etc..and now next year with haslam and sykes it's going to be awesome. I just hope sykes kicks haslams ass.

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I really hope Dovi out performs pedrosa hes a great character and shown time and time again he can do the business. Golden boy pedrosa isn't doin too well and hopefully won't be long until he's out of a job at HRC when he can't win next year either. As for the comment about WSB, well world superbikes for me is soooooo much more fun to watch. It's good to see the brit championship boys wildcard etc..and now next year with haslam and sykes it's going to be awesome. I just hope sykes kicks haslams ass.

I could not agree more. Pedrosa is moaning that Hayden 'copies' him but didn't he copy Rossi with moving to Bridgestones.....?

BSB and WSB are much better than Moto GP, I think its the same in any sport, the highest level is always a let down, bike racing, car racing (BTCC is better than WTCC), football (Championship is much better than premiership)

Im glad i'm not the only 1 that wants to see Sykes tear Haslam apart, i really dont like Haslam. I always get the feeling he thinks he got a god given right to win because of his old man. I also think Shakey will go very well, he's on near enough the same bike as he's been on this year. For Sykes its going to be a big learning curve but i'm sure he can do it.

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