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Pedrosa ready for Misano atmosphere

Pedrosa ready for Misano atmosphere

Dani Pedrosa is ready to put his season back on track this weekend at Misano.

His title challenge fading away after collecting just a single point from the past three rounds, Dani Pedrosa will have to be on top form and rely on rivals Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner dropping points over the final six races. The Spaniard made little more than a token appearance at post-race testing in the Czech Republic after not finding a solution to his tyre problems, and will be hoping to avoid rubber difficulty at Misano this weekend.

`I am hoping that we can have a better weekend at Misano, though I had bad luck there last year, another rider knocked me off at the very first corner,´ says Pedrosa, who qualified sixth on the grid in 2007.

`The Misano circuit is quite fast but it feels tight and narrow. The grip level is okay; last year we used medium-compound tyres because it was quite hot. The track was also very bumpy last year, which was probably its worst feature. From a set-up point of view the most important thing at Misano is having good braking power and good stability when accelerating out of the corners. It´s the kind of track that requires you to ride aggressively.´

A Pedrosa victory would perhaps not be best received by the home fans this weekend, with local rider Valentino Rossi sure to be the firm fan favourite. Pedrosa is not one to be swayed by the crowds, and is even looking forward to the ambience of the occasion.

`My favourite section is the final part, though the most important section for good lap times is the first. The atmosphere is great and it can get quite intense. You get a lot of Valentino Rossi fans there because his hometown is nearby,´ says the 22 year-old.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, GP CINZANO DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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