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Pedrosa targets first Assen TT win

Pedrosa compares Assen to Mugello as he bids to get his title campaign back on track following a disappointing outing at Silverstone.
Dani Pedrosa says he is pleased to be moving straight onto the Dutch TT at Assen after an underwhelming weekend at Silverstone left him playing catch up to both Jorge Lorenzo and his team-mate Andrea Dovizioso.

Hurting his leg in a fall at the end of qualifying, Pedrosa rallied in the early stages of the British Grand Prix but would fade to an eventual eighth position, the Spaniard giving up second place in the standings to his Repsol Honda counterpart in the process.

Nonetheless, Pedrosa is pleased to have Assen to focus on straight away as he looks to get back to winning ways, the nine-time race winner hoping to make it into double figures with a first high-level victory around the legendary circuit.

“It's good that we are going to Assen straight after Silverstone because it gives me and the team an early opportunity to put the last race behind us and work towards another strong result like we had at Mugello,” he said.

“We will learn from what happened at the British Grand Prix and then move on. It's fortunate that I'm not hurt after Silverstone and I'm confident we can get right back on the pace this weekend.

“Assen is a good track - even if it was better before they changed it a few years ago - and I like riding there. It's a circuit which requires an agile machine because there are several fast direction changes - as there are at Mugello - so it would be nice if we get another result like in Italy.

“The team is working really hard and I'm confident we can make a good start in first practice at Assen and have a competitive weekend. The crowds and the history create a special atmosphere at Assen so I'm looking forward to getting out on track again.”

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