Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa is aiming to close the gap to team-mate and MotoGP World Championship title pacesetter Marc Marquez at Brno this weekend.

The championship resumes after the summer recess and Pedrosa is relishing the opportunity to compete in the Czech Republic at a circuit where he has won twice in the premier class before in 2012 and 2014.

The Spanish rider welcomed the opportunity to unwind for a few weeks during the holidays, although he did take part in a two-day test at Brno in the middle of July.

“We've had four weeks without racing but not entirely without action as we had a positive test in Brno in mid-July, which was very useful for working on the set-up of our bike,” said Pedrosa.

“The weather was good and we could fully exploit both days. I've been training in anticipation for second half of the season but I also had time for some holidays, which was good to disconnect a bit and recharge the batteries.

“Now I'm looking forward to jumping on my bike again at Brno, which is one of my favourite tracks on the calendar. I have some very good memories there and together with my team I’ll do my utmost to get another good result next Sunday.”

Pedrosa is fifth in the championship standings but is only 26 points behind Marquez with nine rounds still to go.

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