Dani Pedrosa's new crew chief says the Repsol Honda rider needs to become more aggressive to enhance his prospects of winning the MotoGP world title.

Ramon Aurin says it is crucial for Pedrosa to be more competitive on the opening laps of a race to boost his chances of being in contention to challenge for victory, stating 'that's where we need to improve'.

"The key for Dani to be champion is to be a little more aggressive," Aurin told Spain's Movistar TV. "Last year he made good races from middle distance to the end. The regulations help the Open riders to be ahead in the opening laps, he is not so aggressive and being lighter it is harder for him to warm the tyres at the beginning, he just needs four or five laps to be on the pace, when others get on it in the second.

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"That's where we need to improve, to be more aggressive at first, so I don't know whether or not he'll win, but for sure he will have more chance."

Aurin, who previously worked with Andrea Dovizioso, gave an insight into his role on Pedrosa's side of the garage.

"Last year I had a more technical role, whereas now it is more about coordination and decision making to get the bike set-up," he said.

"There are days when you'd be more on the technical side and others where it is decision making or as a coordinator, but I accept it as it comes and I'm happy to be back.

"After three years without working as a crew chief something always escapes you, but hopefully by Qatar all will be well on track. Like a rider, I just need a bit of practice."


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News flash! It's the key to everyone's title chances. That said, it is the one thing that Dani has consistently lacked throughout his MotoGP career. How many times has he been run down and passed and appears to just concede without a fight?