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Pedrosa: Good to be back
23 June 2014
Having battled for victory for the first time this season in Catalunya, a confident Dani Pedrosa is hoping to be 'one step fitter' for this weekend at Assen.
Having broken Marquez's pole run on the Saturday in Spain, Pedrosa hounded his fellow Repsol Honda rider during the final lap of a thrilling race, culminating in contact when Pedrosa clipped Marquez's rear wheel and ran wide with a few corners to go.
The incident cost Pedrosa second place to Valentino Rossi, but he had few regrets.
“It was good to be back at the front and fighting in Catalunya!” said Pedrosa.
“It was so cool to see such tight racing between the four of us. Each of us made some good moves. Really exciting. Of course I wish we could have this kind of racing each week.”
Considered by many, including Marquez, to have been the fastest rider on the day, Pedrosa suggested he will try harder to break clear in future.
“Maybe before the last lap I will try to change my strategy, but the last lap is the last lap. You don't really plan. Just go for it,” he said.
Pedrosa has finished runner-up twice this season, at Austin and Argentina, but on both occasions was not a threat to Marquez in the closing stages - making Catalunya his best performance of the season.
Pedrosa took his first grand prix victory at Assen in the 125cc class in 2002 but, despite six further podium appearances, is yet to return to the top step in The Netherlands.
“I'm looking forward to going to Assen and hope I'm one step fitter again as last year I didn't really have a good race, so I hope to improve,” said Pedrosa, who underwent arm pump surgery in May.
“The weather is usually tricky so you must make the most of any dry track time. I like the track but it's important to find a good setting and feeling with the tyres as there are a few very fast corners.”
Pedrosa is third in the world championship, just five points behind Yamaha's Valentino Rossi but 63 from Marquez.
Pedrosa, yet to sign for 2015, finished fourth at Assen last year.
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