Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa hopes to maintain his rejuvenated run of form at Phillip Island in Australia after clinching his first MotoGP win of the season at Motegi.

The 30-year-old mastered the damp conditions at the Twin Ring Circuit in Japan to overhaul Movistar Yamaha pair Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo for a deserved victory, which came hot on the heels of an excellent runner-up finish at Aragon, where Pedrosa defeated Rossi in a thrilling last lap head-to-head.

Like his team-mate Marc Marquez, Pedrosa has never tasted success in MotoGP at Phillip Island, with his only victory achieved in the 250cc class in 2005.

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The Honda rider finished on the podium in third in 2009 and scored his best premier class result at Phillip Island with a runner-up finish two years ago.

"It was a great result in Motegi, after a difficult weekend. I am feeling really positive and we have good momentum as we head to Australia for the next race," Pedrosa said.

"Phillip Island can be tricky due to the weather conditions so we will work hard and try to get a good qualifying position. It's difficult to know how the race will play out and we will have to see how our bike works there this year.

"Anyway we will be fighting hard and hope to be on the podium again."

Pedrosa moved into fifth place in the championship standings with a 25-point haul at Motegi, two points clear of Britain's Bradley Smith.


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All I can say is it's been a long time coming for Pedrosa to step up to the plate. Watching him battle with Rossi and then coming from the back for a victory in Motegi was a pleasant surprise. Keep up the great racing Dani and we're ready for some more. Happy hunting....