Valentino Rossi's Misano victory means the Italian is now just one point behind Dani Pedrosa and second place in the MotoGP standings.

While title leader Marc Marquez is out of reach, Rossi and Pedrosa are evenly matched, having both claimed one victory and nine podiums so far this year.

"Obviously Marc has a huge lead in the Championship but there is only a single point between me and Valentino, so my priority is to win races and open that margin to take second in the standings," said Pedrosa, prior to this weekend's Aragon round.

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Pedrosa has a strong record at Aragon with second places in 2010 and 2011, then victory in 2012. However last year saw Pedrosa crash out of the victory fight - effectively ending his title hopes - after light contact from team-mate Marquez disabled a traction control sensor on Pedrosa's Repsol Honda.

"Last year obviously wasn't the best for me, but apart from that I've always done well in Arag?n and I'm looking forward to racing in front of our home crowd again, the support is always great and gives you motivation!" said Pedrosa.

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No one cares or remembers who comes second. Eddie Lawson said it best, second place is the first loser. Better to just try to win as many races as possible.

Pedrosa might be better served by remembering that the championship isn't over yet. Anything can happen. It's not over until its over.

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Robert Danley: Pedrosa might be better served by remembering that the championship isn't over yet. Anything can happen. It's not over until its over.[\blockquote]

If Marquez wins in Aragon and podiums in Motegi (and Pedrosa/Rossi are more than 75 points behind), the championship is over. He'd be able to miss the last 3 rounds completely and still be crowned the champ (loose math, but you guys get the point). [\blockquote]

Awful lot of ifs there. If Marquez crashes and can't race for a few races it's wide open. Don't concede the title until it is won.