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Pedrosa sees tough task in catching World Championship frontrunners

Pedrosa sees tough task in catching World Championship frontrunners

Dani Pedrosa is well aware of the difficulty facing him in catching World Championship leader Valentino Rossi in the standings.

In just two races Dani Pedrosa has gone from the leader of the MotoGP World Championship to the third placed rider in the standings, some 41 points from current top man Valentino Rossi. This has been the consequence of two races without taking a single point –a DNF at Sachsenring combined with a withdrawal from competition at Laguna Seca.

The opportunity to take a first MotoGP world title now looks a much slimmer shot than it did just over a month ago, and the Repsol Honda rider himself acknowledged the size of the task ahead when answering questions at the Cardion AB Grand Prix Ceske republiky press conference.

`Of course it´s going to be tough, because also at the moment the level is high,´said the Spaniard when reminded of the large points deficit that he must overcome. `We have to improve our whole package to be fast at every track. It´s only a month since the operation (on his hand, injured in a crash whilst leading in Sachserning) but I hope it can be better and better, because sometimes you can feel pain for longer when you are pushing so hard.´

The mission to regain ground begins at Brno this weekend, and Pedrosa expects to be in better condition than he was on his previous premature return to action in California.

`You never know until you actually jump on the bike, but it should be better and I hope that this is enough,´ he stated.

MotoGP, 2008, CARDION AB GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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