On Sunday, Pedrosa wasn’t given much choice about his race strategy. At a circuit where he had climbed onto the podium in 9 of the last 10 events, Pedrosa arrived at the first corner in the lead. Now facing a clear track—which the former 125 and 250cc GP world champion prefers—he swiftly pulled away to his 30th MotoGP victory. He drew from his experience, explaining after the race, "I quickly opened a second, second and a half difference. I could have tried to go even better, but I knew I had to conserve the tires for the second half of the race because I knew that Marquez would try to catch me...as he did. But when Marc attacked, I used precisely what I had in the reserve to control the difference."