Japanese GP: Repsol Honda preview

Pedrosa arrives at Motegi with his eyes on second spot Dani Pedrosa is hopeful that he can finish runner-up in this year" championship after his great performance in the Portuguese GP where he finished second. This weekend" race is at the home...

Pedrosa arrives at Motegi with his eyes on second spot

Dani Pedrosa is hopeful that he can finish runner-up in this year" championship after his great performance in the Portuguese GP where he finished second. This weekend" race is at the home of Honda, Motegi, and his aim is to get on a good run and give Japanese fans, and especially the Honda team, something to celebrate. Avictory would mean that he would be closer to Valentino Rossi and be able to snatch the runner" -up spot from him.

After the great performance by Dani Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden at Estoril, the Repsol Honda team riders go to the home of Honda, especially motivated and optimistic. The Honda bike and the Michelin tyres were competitive again in Portugal and the Spaniard was very close to winning. The American got his first pole of the season the day before.

"It is obvious that the race in Portugal has given us a big boost. I am really dying to go straight to Motegi to carry on where we left off" admitted Pedrosa.

Motegi is a special circuit for the two Repsol Honda riders. Pedrosa knows what it is like to win there. And in two different categories, in 2002 he won in 125cc, and two years later in 250cc. Although Hayden has not won there he can boast that he got his first ever podium there the first year he was in the competition, in 2003.

Both Dani and Hayden will tackle this date in the calendar in a similar way. Pedrosa wants to win where he has never won in MotoGP, and where the new 800cc machines made their debut last season. The objective is to cut the gap that Rossi has and snatch the runner"-up spot from him, the Italian is 23 points ahead with four dates left.

"Obviously, the tyres will be decisive at Motegi, this is a circuit where our rivals have got good results in the past. But we will do all we can, that is obvious" explained Pedrosa. "I like this track and I have done well there over the last few years, and so I hope that the same thing happens with the 800cc. I rode this bike for the first time there, after last year" race, therefore it should not be too starnge for me".

-credit: repsol honda

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Nicky Hayden , Valentino Rossi , Dani Pedrosa