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Pedrosa eyeing home glory for Honda

The Repsol Honda rider eyes victory on Honda's home soil in Japan as he looks to build on a run of good results.
Dani Pedrosa says he will be looking to take advantage of his current run of good form as he looks to apply more pressure to MotoGP title rival Jorge Lorenzo.

Although Pedrosa, who finished second on home soil at Motorland Aragon, remains a substantial 56 points behind Lorenzo, the upcominh five events in six weeks gives him the perfect opportunity to up the pressure on his countryman.

Indeed, Pedrosa has been in consistent form of late, finishing no lower than second in the last four races, though it will still take two or more non-finishes from Lorenzo for him to the Honda rider to make significant in-roads in that lead.

Nonetheless, he is confident he will be in the right position to capitalise should such an eventuality occur, starting with this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi – Honda's home event.

“We start the most intense period of the season this weekend, with five races in six weeks, and my goal is to make the best possible finish to the championship. I think we're very strong at the moment and we must take full advantage of it.

“This final stage begins in Japan - the most important race for Honda because it's their home Grand Prix - and I'm looking forward to getting to the circuit and starting the preparations for this special race. I would love to win at Motegi because I've never won here in MotoGP and I've been on the podium for the last two seasons.

“I always feel very motivated in Japan. I love the circuit and the atmosphere you feel there. The fans are very enthusiastic but also educated, and I feel a lot of support. We couldn't race in Motegi at the beginning of the season due to the problems with the volcanic ash clouds, so I think the fans will be even more excited to welcome us.

“It will be very important to start this tour of Asia in the best way. As I've said before, I will approach this final section of the season simply thinking race by race. We're doing a good job in the team, the RC212V is working well - we know it better and better - and so this a good chance for us to try to win more races and to finish the year in the best possible way.”

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September 29, 2010 10:43 AM

Danni is on fire now..full of confidence and he and the team have got that Honda sorted from what looked like a terrible start to the season to the team in form. He is riding better than he has ever ridden in the big class now and I have always been a fan BUT he will need an act of god to beat Lorenzo. Mathmetically if he wins the next 5 races and lorenzo does not make the podium on all but 1 of them (2nd) and 4th on others he will still have a 3 point lead on danni. Chances of 5 straight wins is slim and lorenzo no podiuming on 4 runs even slimmer. A DNF is needed without doubt and 1 would still possibly not be enough. I hope danni can win and I wish but I think it is too much of a mountain to climb..but climb it anyway danni!!

Cedric - Unregistered

September 29, 2010 1:58 PM

In fact Jlo will use a NEW engine this weekend. That's what he said in an interview. And some reporters said it even before Jorge did it. It's exepected to rain heavily this weekend, so anything can happen. But i've got the feeling Dani is going to have a dnf on one of the next races. I like the guy but although he is one of the fastest out there he's not the luckiest guy on the grid. But if Jlo is the one who fails this weekend or the next... well, thrilling last races.

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