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Pedrosa faces demons in Australia

Pedrosa faces demons in Australia

Pedrosa faces demons in Australia

Dani Pedrosa says it will take just a couple of laps of the Phillip Island circuit on Friday morning to banish the bitter memories of his last visit to Australia.

The Spanish youngster broke both of his ankles in the first free practice session for last year's 125cc race and this week visited the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, where he underwent the operation which would pave the way for a swift return to full fitness last winter.

"I had a really bad time here last year and I'm looking forward to putting it behind me," said Pedrosa. "I've got memories but I suppose after a couple of laps they'll be gone. Also, I know they've made modifications to the track so I hope everything goes well this year.

"I really wanted to go to the Alfred Hospital to say hello to everybody and thank them properly for the treatment they gave me last year. It was a hard time for lots of reasons but they made me feel as comfortable as possible and, most importantly, they saved my career because the operation was a success."

After taking victory at Sepang last Sunday, Pedrosa now needs just two points to clinch the 250cc title in Australia but insists he will not be thinking about anything other than preparing for the race when practice gets underway tomorrow.

"Things couldn't have gone better in Malaysia - I did what I had to do and I can't ask for any more," he said. "We were really focused all weekend and that is how I want to continue this weekend in Australia because we all saw what happened last year.

"Even though you've just won the title, if you take your eye off the game for a second you can end up in a bad way. So it is important to keep the concentration and don't think about anything other than the race."

250cc, 2004, CINZANO AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Dani Pedrosa

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