Dani Pedrosa returns to Spain eager to restore home pride after moving back to second position in the overall MotoGP standings.
While he lost more ground to countryman Jorge Lorenzo
in fight for this year's title, with the gap now standing at 47 points, Pedrosa was pleased with his run to second at Assen having struggled up to the race.
With that in mind, Pedrosa is in good spirits heading to the second of four Spanish events this season in Barcelona, where he will look to avenge his last lap defeat by Lorenzo at Jerez earlier this season.
"I arrive at Catalunya GP in a very good mood,” the Repsol Honda man said. “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 t ough 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."