Dani Pedrosa is determined to end a fractured season on a high note wiith victory in front of his home fans at Valencia, the final round of the MotoGP season.
In a year that has seen the Spaniard lead the standings early on before putting himself out of contention with an injury in Germany, Pedrosa is eager to make it a trio of wins at Spanish circuits this year.
Indeed, having already won this season in Jerez and Barcelona, as well as Valencia last season, Pedrosa is clearly lifted by the atmosphere of the partisan fans and he is determined to do them proud once again.
“I am really looking forward to Valencia. There will be many Spanish fans there and the Spanish crowd want a Spanish winner! The Circuito Ricardo Tormo is quite short but it's a great track for the fans because they can see the whole lap.
“The place is laid out a bit like a stadium, so the atmosphere is fantastic, especially since it's the last race of the year. I especially enjoy this race, it's always great to ride in front of so many Spanish fans, you can really feel their support.
Coming to Valencia on the back of his best result with the pneumatic-valve Repsol Honda, Pedrosa claims an 'agile' bike is key to a good result.
“The track is dominated by left-handers, so the left side of the tyres have quite a hard time. There are a lot of corners in quite a short lap with quite a few changes of direction, so it is very important to have an agile bike.
“You need to vary your riding style around this track, adjusting your technique according to each corner. Rear grip plays a crucial role, especially edge grip. The conditions are quite cool, so we usually go for intermediate compound tyres.”