Dani Pedrosa says he is looking forward to getting the 2014 MotoGP World Championship underway in Qatar as he looks to kick-start his challenge for an elusive MotoGP title.

The Repsol Honda rider has enjoyed a 'positive' pre-season by his own admission and feels has made a significant step forward in terms of fitness too.

With this in mind, Pedrosa - a three-time MotoGP race winner en route to third in the overall standings - is looking forward to challenging from the off.

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"It's been a pretty positive pre-season and we've completed a lot of laps in both Sepang and Phillip Island. We've made a lot of progress but as always there is room to improve. Since we finished in Australia, I've been concentrating on my fitness and focusing on the start of the season, my days are pretty hectic with the various training regimes.

"The race weekend in Qatar is quite long - as it stretches over four days - and the grip level is always quite low the first practice. Now I'm looking forward to the start of the Championship!"