Dani Pedrosa is aiming to make amends at Motegi after the Repsol Honda rider missed the Japanese round of the MotoGP World Championship last year.

Pedrosa was ruled out through injury after breaking his collarbone in a heavy spill during practice.

The 32-year-old is a huge fan of the Twin Ring circuit, where he first raced as a fresh-faced teenager when he was only 15 years old.

Pedrosa, who is fourth in the standings – 54 points behind team-mate Marc Marquez – said: “I look forward to racing at Honda's home circuit in Japan. Not only are the fans very special, they are incredibly passionate and in love with Honda and with the sport, which makes you feel very welcome – but also the circuit is great.

“I've had a good feeling with the track from the first time riding there, when I was 15 years old. It suits my riding style and I enjoy the track a lot.

“Last year unfortunately I had a big crash and suffered a serious injury but I hope this season we can keep up the good momentum and have a strong race. We’ll definitely give our 100 per-cent to make it happen.”

Pedrosa has won five times across all classes at Motegi, which celebrates a milestone this year, 20 years on from its official opening.

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