US GP: Repsol Honda preview

Pedrosa Travels To Laguna Dani Pedrosa will be at the American circuit of Laguna Seca this weekend with a burning desire to get back on his Repsol Honda RC212V and at the same time with the clear objective of winning the maximum number of ...

Pedrosa Travels To Laguna

Dani Pedrosa will be at the American circuit of Laguna Seca this weekend with a burning desire to get back on his Repsol Honda RC212V and at the same time with the clear objective of winning the maximum number of points possible, taking into account his physical condition. The Repsol rider will fight to stay among the title contenders in the top category this weekend, in spite of falling in Germany last weekend, what is more he was dominating the race that took place in the rain.

For Nicky Hayden the race in the USA will be a chance to regain some optimism after a few races where, in spite of showing that he can be up with the best, bad luck has riuuined his result. Dani Pedrosa, who will go to the USA in second position in the standings, was able to check out of hospital - USP Insitut Universitari Dexeus -- at midday on Tuesday after being treated for the injuries sustained in the fall last weekend at the Sachsenring. With such a tight calendar this setback will make his participation in the American GP very difficult, what is more the three title favourites, Pedrosa one of them, are separated by just twenty points.

Nicky Hayden will also go to Laguna Seca at a crucial moment because since he made his debut with the new engine that uses pneumatic valves on his Repsol Honda RC212V 2008, he has not had any good luck, in spite of demonstrating in practice that he is at a high level. Hayden will race at a circuit where he won the first two times he raced there in MotoGP - 2005 and 2006 -- and where he was knocked off his bike last year. This time, and after thre races being competitive in practice, he will be out to get his first podium finish of the season on home soil, a just reward for his efforts.

Dani Pedrosa

"In agreement with my doctor we have decided that I will fly to the US and I will do my best to ride this weekend. We know that it will not be easy and that we won't know my exact situation until I get on the bike on Friday morning.

This is a difficult time for me, of course, but my will is strong and if it is possible for me to ride the bike properly then I really want to ride. Laguna is a physically demanding track when you are 100 per cent, so it will be tough with my injuries, but I know I can count on the support of the people around me to get me in the best possible shape. Laguna is what I call an 'old school' circuit, with a lot of steep uphill and downhill sections. The fans are great there, very respectful of all the riders, so I would like to do my best for them. We will see what we can do. I would like to thank everyone around me and also my fans for their support over the last few days.

Nicky Hayden

"I'm excited to go to Laguna, even if we go there on a bit of a run of bad luck. Hopefully things will turn around for us, it would be a nice place to get everything to roll from Friday through to Sunday. Whatever happens I'll just keep pushing. Laguna certainly has a special place in my heart.

The track itself is like one big lap, it's not like all different sections, a lot of the turns lead into one another, so you've really got to put it all together. Like if you screw up the Corkscrew you miss the next three or four corners. It's a very technical track and I love it. Racing your home race is always a special deal and something I don't take lightly. The first couple of years I came to MotoGP we didn't have a US GP so I think that makes me cherish it, treasure it even more. I wouldn't say it's my home track as far as knowing it goes because the MotoGP guys have had three years there, so I don't think it has any advantage for me anymore. But that home crowd's got to be worth something. Last year we struggled, it was our worse place for tyres all year. But I'm excited now because I've seen how much Michelin have improved at other tracks this year."

-credit: repsol

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Nicky Hayden , Dani Pedrosa