Dan Pedrosa is focused on completing his Czech Grand Prix victory set having won once in the 125cc and 250cc classes, but not in MotoGP.
The Spaniard was a victor around the undulating Brno circuit in his title-winning years of 2003 and 2005, but while he has reached the podium twice as a MotoGP rider since then, he has not won again in the Czech Republic.
It is a statistic that the Repsol Honda wants to amend this weekend, not least to help him put a disastrous United States Grand Prix behind him when he crashed out of the lead.
Dropping 72 points behind Jorge Lorenzo in doing so, Pedrosa is satisfied that the summer break will see him return to action feeling refreshed and raring to go.
“This has definitely been one of my best summer breaks of the last few years. I did nothing special, but I had a great time with my friends, enjoyed a lot surfing on the beach and was able to think only about having fun and relaxing, rather than working to recover from an injury, as has been the case in the last few years. It makes a big difference in order to recharge the batteries and go into the second part of the season with even more energy.
“Now I'm really looking forward to getting back on the bike at Brno. It's one of the most difficult circuits on the calendar; physically it's very demanding, but it's also very enjoyable to ride on a MotoGP bike. You have everything there: big elevation changes, very fast corners where you need to let the bike run through, and also hard braking zones where stability is very important.
“I would say that there is only one good line, so it's crucial to be focused during the whole lap to get a good lap time – and it's a very long circuit. I've had many podiums in Brno, including two wins, so I would like to add another one in MotoGP.
“It's going to be a busy weekend for everybody, not only with the race but also because we stay on Monday for testing. It's the only test day remaining this season so we have to make sure we do a good job to help us in the upcoming races.”