Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa returns to the track he won at in 2010 in high spirits for the Italian Grand Prix after wrapping up his first victory of the season at Sachsenring.
Pedrosa moved into second position in the MotoGP world championship, 14 points behind Jorge Lorenzo, courtesy of his thrilling success in Germany.
He stood on the top step at Mugello in 2010 and revels in the challenge posed by the fast and flowing Italian course, where he feels he has a strong opportunity to close the gap to series pacesetter Lorenzo.
“I'm really looking forward to getting to Mugello and trying to keep this momentum in a circuit that I also love, for the layout and the great atmosphere.
“It's a very demanding track physically; last year I got there very weak due to the injury and I couldn't manage a good race, but we had a nice win in 2010 and I feel good now and ready to enjoy riding there again,” said Pedrosa.
“Mugello is a completely different track, it's important to have a very fast bike in these corners and to get our strong points out in the track. We must take profit of the power of our Honda engine.”
Pedrosa was buoyed by his maiden victory of 2012 at Sachsenring, but knows further success is necessary in order to maintain the pressure on title rivals Lorenzo and his Honda team-mate Casey Stoner.
“The first win in Sachsenring has been great for me and my team, we are closer in the championship on points, but one win will not give us the title.
“I've kept cool without winning and we will not relax now because we have the first one,” he said.
“This season you have to be almost perfect in every race to get a win, so we will keep pushing hard.”