Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa admits it is imperative to seize any opportunities that arise to remain in contention for the MotoGP world title.

Pedrosa is fifth in the standings as the second half of the season gets in gear at Brno in the Czech Republic, 26 points behind team-mate Marc Marquez.

The Spaniard qualified on the front row on the RCV behind Marquez and Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi and was happy with his performance in qualifying in particular.

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“I’m happy overall, especially for today’s qualifying; normally it is more tight but today we were able to do four nice laps and this was a good feeling,” he said.

“Also today the track was kind of strange, maybe it was too hot, and we can see many crashes. We tested some tyres during the day and at the end we see that either my team-mate or Yamaha were doing quite good in the practice, especially Yamaha was improving during the day.

“For tomorrow, for sure we have to wait for the weather – it is going to be an important thing. Temperature will be lower, so we still have to wait for tyre choice at this moment but still we need to be focused for any kind of conditions.”

Assessing one of the closest championship title races ever in the premier class, Pedrosa says it will be essential to ‘take his chances’ to remain in with a chance of the world crown.

“From now on every race is super important. The break was good, we worked a lot and now we are here for this race tomorrow and next week.

“We have to be focused because we can see in the first practice in the wet the lap times of many riders were quite competitive, so we have to be focused and take the chances when they come.”