The Repsol Honda Team travels to Motorland Aragón this weekend in preparation for the fourteenth round of the season and the third visit of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship to Spain.
Dani Pedrosa, who will celebrate his 27th birthday on Saturday, arrives confident and ready to put the issues he had Misano behind him - the first race this season without points due to an incident on the first lap. Pedrosa, currently second in the standings 38 points off Jorge Lorenzo, is in great form and the results of the test held at Aragón at the beginning of this month will give him high motivation.
Aragón will be the second race for Jonathan Rea as substitute rider for Casey Stoner, who continues his rehabilitation in Australia. Fresh from Portimão, with a 6th and a 2nd place in the two races of the World Superbike Championship, the British rider is looking to make another step forward on the RC213V at a circuit where he also tested with the Repsol Honda Team.
"Aragón is a very good race and the circuit is impressive. We went there with the team for a two-day test at the beginning of this month and we did a good job. Personally, I'm looking forward to seeing the Spanish crowd again, it would be great to see the circuit full of people like we had in the previous years. The bike is working well and I'm feeling good; we go there with the same determination as always and motivated to continue riding well and have another good race."
"I am now in week four of my five back-to-back races including both SBK and MotoGP but I am still really excited about this coming race. Having tested in Aragón on the RC213V a couple of weeks ago I am feeling more confident coming to this race than I was in Misano. Hopefully I will be able to pick up where I left off after the test as I was really starting to bond with the bike. Aragón has a really long straight which suits the power of the Honda and I am really looking forward to working with the Repsol Honda guys again and building on the experience I have gained to date."
Source: Repsol Honda Team