Dani Pedrosa's maiden victory this season at Misano has given the Repsol Honda rider renewed impetus for the final five rounds of the 2016 MotoGP World Championship.
Pedrosa sprung a surprise in San Marino as he displayed blistering pace on the RC213V to catch and pass Movistar Yamaha pair Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, pulling clear to clinch his first win this year as he returned to the premier class top step for the first time since Sepang 2015.
The Spanish rider became the eighth consecutive different race winner in a row as he maintained his record of winning at least once in each of the years he has competed in MotoGP and Pedrosa is now hoping to build on the result this weekend at Motorland Aragon.
“To win a race is a nice feeling, especially after some not so good races. To get back on the bike with a good feeling basically all weekend gives you confidence and now we are in this track, which is a track that I like and where I have done quite well in the past,” said Pedrosa, who was 11th fastest in FP1 at Aragon on Friday morning.
“For sure we are looking forward but always keeping the concentration and the focus. It is a great to have a good result but you need to keep looking forward.
“The last race was pretty good except qualifying, which is a point where I'm not very comfortable – I don't know why it is like that this year. We will focus on the parts where we are not the best and try to work always on improving.”
Pedrosa tested Honda's new 2017 engine during a post-race test at Misano but, just like team-mate Marc Marquez, he was giving little information away about the new motor.
“We had a test, quite many laps during the day and obviously we have some laps with the new specification [2017 engine] and also with the standard one. We did a lot of laps and it was a great day in general.”
The 30-year-old is in fourth place in the championship, 17 points behind Jorge Lorenzo in third.