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Pedrosa sweats on fitness

Pedrosa sweats on fitness

Pedrosa sweats on fitness

Three crashes during qualifying for the Japanese GP last weekend meant Dani Pedrosa had to race through the pain barrier at Motegi, but the World Champion is hoping to be in better shape, and less pain, at Sepang. Pedrosa has undergone ice treatment to reduce the swelling in his shoulder and has been wearing a sling to hold the joint steady as he aims to regain full fitness ahead of the Marlboro Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

His second-place finish at Motegi increased his championship advantage over Casey Stoner to 63 points and Sepang has been the scene for some of the greatest moments of his career so far. In just four races at the Malaysian circuit Dani has been on the podium three times, taking third place in 2002 to follow on from fourth the previous season, and has secured convincing victories for the past two seasons. He celebrated the 125cc World Championship here in 2003 and clinched the 250cc title last year with a 13-second victory over Sebastián Porto.

"I hope to have a bit a quieter weekend than in Japan, which won't be hard!" commented Pedrosa. "The shoulder is getting gradually better, I'm applying ice to reduce the inflammation and these few days will be good for me to rest and recuperate. I left Japan completely exhausted from the effort. In the end the result was much better than we expected but these things just go to show that we have to keep focused from race to race because the whole situation can change in one weekend. The only thing I'm concerned about now is to be as fit as possible on Friday to be able to start working hard from the first session."


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