Dani Pedrosa will go into this weekend’s Spanish GP in a positive and confident frame of mind after his second place finish in Assen last week.
The Spanish crowd will be looking forward to a duel between Perdosa and Lorenzo, and Pedrosa will almost certainly be looking to dominate and set the pace from the opening practice session on Friday.
Plus with rumours of Casey Stoner joining Repsol Honda for 2011 gaining strength with each passing day, there is a lot for Pedrosa and Dovizioso to be racing for this weekend.
DANI PEDROSA – World Championship position: 2nd 93 points
“I arrive at Catalunya GP in a very good mood. The last race in Assen was an excellent example of how we will never give up. The practice sessions were very difficult but our team never became downhearted and we were working until the final moments to get a good result. I’m happy with the race because I was able to maintain a high pace from the first lap to the last and I hope we can do that again in Catalunya. So far this season we have alternated between bad and good results at each race, but hopefully we can reach a high level again in Barcelona – everybody in my team is ready to go for it. It’s a circuit I always love to ride at because it’s very much my home race. My family and friends are there and, together with my fans, I feel more than anywhere else that I’m surrounded by supporters. I really want them to enjoy the weekend. Last year this race was very tough because I was injured and in pain, and I had to race with a pain-killing injection. This time we go to the Catalunya GP in good shape. We know that we will need to work very hard to set up the bike because at this circuit it is always difficult to find a good machine setting, and the one we used in Assen will probably not be right for this circuit. But I hope to get the bike sorted by Saturday, do a good qualifying practice and be prepared to fight at the maximum level in the race. So far when we’ve been at the front it’s been our hard work that has got us there, so we must continue pushing like this in Barcelona this weekend.”
ANDREA DOVIZIOSO – World Championship position: 3rd 89 points
“I’m happy to be going to the Catalunya Grand Prix straight after the last race so that we can quickly turn page on the result in Assen and aim for a good result in Montmelo. This is one of my favourite circuits, it suits my riding style and I think it should be good also for the Honda RC212V machines. It’s a long track with fast corners and it’s a great feeling when you find the right flow and link one turn with the next. There is also a fantastic atmosphere at this track, and when you enter the final four corners it feels like a stadium and the sensation is incredible. I have always had good results here and I’m feeling really motivated. We have been strong so far this season and generally we have been improving race by race. We’ve finished on the podium quite a few times, and thanks to the work we put in over the winter we’ve been closer to front-running pace at most races. Still, we need to take another step forward so that we can compete for victory – that’s what we’ll try to do this weekend. I’m looking forward to the next challenge in Spain.”
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