Dani Pedrosa is prepared to get back into action at the upcoming Czech round of MotoGP in Brno, having almost fully recovered from the injuries that ruled him out of the US Grand Prix.
Pedrosa's title aspirations took a huge knock when he crashed out of the lead in Germany last month, an accident that would induce injuries to force him out of the next round at Laguna Seca, despite his best efforts to compete
Nonetheless, the lengthy summer break has come at the right time for the Repsol Honda rider in order for him to rehabilitate himself ahead of the next phase in the season.
However, while the Spaniard admits he is still feeling some pain, he insists he is well enough to get back on the bike this weekend.
“The holiday period gave me a good chance to relax and recover, so I hope I will be fine for Brno,” he said. “When I returned from Laguna Seca my doctor told me I needed a week and a half of complete rest. I couldn't train so I spent an enjoyable few days in Mallorca, disconnecting from everything and resting both my hand and foot. I had the stitches removed from my hand in Barcelona and then I started rehabilitation.
“The hand still hurts but the wrist has good mobility and the fingers are no longer swollen. The foot is still taped, just to avoid rough movements. I started training last week, mostly on my bicycle. I hope I can have a good race at Brno to start the second part of the championship in the best possible way.
With no chance to score from the last two races, one-time championship leader Pedrosa will need a good result if he is to stay in touch with the title fight, particularly in light of the dominant performance of Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner in the US.
“Brno is a good circuit, with some interesting uphill and downhill sections, very much in the style of the classic circuits. The track is medium speed to very high speed with some good corners and fast straights. It's the kind of circuit that demands a gentle, fine riding style, you don't need to be aggressive when taking the corners.
“It has just been resurfaced, so we will have to wait and see what the grip is like. The atmosphere is always great, with a big and enthusiastic crowd on race day. Getting the set-up right for this track is always a delicate operation, aiming to get the best compromise between cornering ability and braking stability.”
Although Pedrosa will not ride the pneumatic-valve RC212V machine for Brno, it is expected he will test it at the post-race test around the Czech circuit instead ahead of possibly making his debut on it at Misano.