Pedrosa, who retired from full-time competitors on the finish of 2018, made his second wildcard look of the season at Misano final weekend.
The 31-time MotoGP race winner completed fourth in each the dash and the grand prix, narrowly lacking the rostrum in every contest.
His performances have been met with reward from all the riders on the grid, with Aprilia’s Espargaro – who struggled to twelfth within the GP – noting that Pedrosa’s type makes you query quite a bit about MotoGP.
Nevertheless, he additionally added that it will not be truthful to guage the standard of the grid in opposition to Pedrosa’s one-off appearances, as “Dani may be very particular”.
“Dani is superior,” Espargaro stated. “I actually like the best way he rides. He makes you doubt all the pieces.
“Pedrosa has at all times been particular, he was by no means a standard rider. He was at all times considered one of my favourites and, if he’s nonetheless in fine condition with out all the pieces he did not like about this championship, all the pieces round him, that now he does not must put up with it, it exhibits what he’s.
“[He creates] doubts whether or not Brad Binder is among the finest riders on the grid, or not. Or if the KTM is on the degree it exhibits, or not.
Dani Pedrosa, Purple Bull KTM Manufacturing facility Racing
Photograph by: KTM Photographs
“You at all times must take all the pieces with a grain of salt.
“However simply because Dani comes alongside and does that, it doesn’t suggest that the extent of the grid is low, as a result of we’re speaking about the most effective riders in historical past.
“It is not that the extent of the present grid isn’t excessive; it is that Dani may be very particular.
“Once I retire subsequent 12 months or the 12 months after, I will probably be a tester. And I promise you that if I really feel prefer it till I am 42, I’ll battle to win. And I am light-years forward of Dani [in terms of age].
“Think about if I have been Pedrosa. If I preserve coaching and I am bodily nicely, and I’ve a aggressive bike in Montmelo, then I’ll battle to win at 42 years outdated. And Dani, who’s a thousand occasions higher than me, in fact he’s aggressive.”
Pedrosa isn’t scheduled to make any extra wildcard outings in 2023 at current and admitted after Sunday that “I don’t know” if he’ll do one once more sooner or later.
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