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.”