The Repsol Media Service released an interview with Dani Pedrosa today after his victory at Estoril:
DANI PEDROSA INTERVIEW
The brilliant tactical victory by Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa in last weekend's Portuguese Grand Prix in Estoril was further evidence of the dominance of Spanish riders.
After last year's MotoGP World Championship, there can be no question that the best road racers in the world are Spanish. For the first time ever, riders from the same country won all three classes in the Road Racing World Championship and that country was Spain. And their performance in 2011 is almost as dominant. Not only are Spaniards one-two in MotoGP and leading the 125cc World Championship, but Carlos Checa is on top of the World Superbike standings.
Spanish world champions are nothing new. Angel Nieto is second all-time with 13 world championships. But those titles came in the 60's, 70's and 80's in the smaller displacement classes. It wasn't until 1999 that Alex Criville became the first Spaniard to win a title in the premier class. And it would be more than a decade before another Spaniard, Jorge Lorenzo, took the first MotoGP World Championship back to Spain. The next one won't take as long.