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Repsol Honda ready for Malaysian challenge

Repsol Honda ready for Malaysian challenge

At the Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix there will some particularly determined performances from Repsol Honda pair Dani Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden following there respective frustrations at Phillip Island.

At the Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix there will some particularly determined performances from Repsol Honda pair Dani Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden following there respective frustrations at Phillip Island.

Pedrosa has qualified on pole for the last two races, but crashed out in Japan and could only manage fourth place in Australia meaning that he has slipped 29 points behind Valentino Rossi in the battle for second place in the general standings.

The 22 year-old this weekend returns to the scene of a brave podium finish in 2006 after he seriously damaged his right knee in practice - at a track where he was a victor on 125cc and 250cc machinery.

Commenting ahead of the Sepang challenge, Pedrosa stated: It really feels like its time to get a good result because weve been knocking on the door for a few races now. Last years race here went quite well for me, especially after crashing in practice and not being sure that I would even be able to race. For this year I hope things go more smoothly and we can arrive at a good set-up and tyre selection so that we can be competitive right to the final lap.

Hayden, meanwhile, who had to retire from the GMC Australian Grand Prix with mechanical problems when he was third, arrives at Malaysia with memories of the fourth position he got last year still looking for his first 2006 victory.

Last weeks result at Phillip Island definitely stung, admitted the American, but at least I was fighting for the lead when I went out rather than 12th place that would have hurt even more. Its disappointing but Ive just got to get over it.

At Malaysia I think Ive had fourth place every year since my debut and now I need to improve on that. The teams been doing some good work with the bike recently and weve been improving our performance, so now Im really looking forward to getting to Sepang. Its a track we know well from winter testing but I think its been repaved since we were last there which will make tyre choice really important.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, GMC AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Repsol Honda Team

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