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Pedrosa aiming to' finish the job'

Dani Pedrosa looked set to complete an memorable American double by winning at both Laguna Seca and Indianapolis last season - only to crash from the lead early in the Indy race (pictured), after dominating practice and qualifying.

The Repsol Honda rider, who had been on pole by over half a second, rejoined in last and finished tenth in a race won by Jorge Lorenzo, after title leader Valentino Rossi also crashed.

Pedrosa returns to Indy this weekend without the possibility of winning both 2010 US rounds, having crashed out of the lead at Laguna Seca in July, but victory this weekend would be his third of the season - a new high for the Spaniard, who has taken two wins a year since his 2006 MotoGP debut.

“I'm going to Indianapolis in a very good mood and I'm feeling ready to finish the job we weren't able to complete in the race there last time," said Pedrosa. "I felt really comfortable riding in Indy last year. I was on top of the timesheets from the first practice, I took pole position and the only mistake I made was in the race. So I hope this time we can put together a strong weekend and take another good result."

Pedrosa arrives at round eleven second in the world championship, but 77 points behind Lorenzo, whom Pedrosa finished second to last time out at Brno.

"We were fast and consistent at the last race in Brno and we'll be aiming to get straight back on that pace again this weekend. It will be important, as always, to establish a good machine setting quickly on Friday, and I think we have a useful base from last year that will help us to find the right direction straight away.

"We were ready to win again in Brno and this will be our goal in Indianapolis too.

"Riding in America is different, the Indianapolis circuit is very impressive and I feel very good racing in the States because the support I get from the fans is always very positive. So I'm really looking forward to get out there," he said.

Pedrosa is close to agreeing a new contract with Repsol Honda for 2011, where he would join the already signed Casey Stoner.



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Pedrosa crashes, Indianapolis MotoGP 2009
Jorge Lorenzo, Mercedes AMG Petronas, Silverstone [Credit: Monster Energy]
Pedrosa, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Pedrosa, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Pedrosa, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Rossi, Redding, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016

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Southerner

August 23, 2010 5:00 PM

Dani can win this one,and I agree with some previous posters..go for broke.That Honda has a remarkable record for reliability and power this season with only 8 to go. He can afford to throw the book at it.At the same time,I reckon the Honda deal is as good as done. He and Stoner will make a formidable team for HRC next year.

Darkwaknight

August 23, 2010 3:48 PM

It is such a shame that Danni is having to fight with Jorge on his own. Ironicly the best bet Danni has to close the gap is to win and for Rossi (or new factory rider Spies) to be the filling in the spanish sandwich. I would love Danni to win again as Rossi Wannabe jorge is really grating on my nerves now and his whole "Persona" is nothing but a poor copy of another. I used to like jorge in 250's but is arrogance has now superseeded his talent (of which their is no doubt) and most of the time i feel his "act" just wains on me. And one more Silly rossi Win clone will drive me to distraction!!! Go danni win or bin the only way!!!



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