By Lisa Lewis

Dani Pedrosa will start his quest for a first victory of the 2013 season from second on the grid in his home Spanish MotoGP.

Pedrosa was denied a final chance at pole when he fell at the end of Q2 at Jerez, but is focused on race day and feels his Repsol Honda is "working great".

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The hot and slippery conditions also mean that consistency will be especially important during the grand prix: "Pace is the most important thing and I hope to get a good start and have a strong race."

Pedrosa was still in the fight for pole position when he crashed at turn eight on his final flying lap. Though unhurt in the incident he lost the chance to try and overhaul countryman Jorge Lorenzo, and only hung on to second by 0.05s from team-mate Marc Marquez.

Pedrosa was "pushing a little too hard in that corner" but added that he felt the track was "a little different" and noted that it had caught a lot of riders out in Moto3 and MotoGP.

That incident aside, the Honda veteran is pleased with the weekend so far and is "hoping that tomorrow we can continue in the same way."

Pedrosa is currently third in the championship standings after two races, eight points behind fellow Spaniards Lorenzo and Marquez who are tied at the top.