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Pedrosa strives for another American win

Pedrosa strives for another American win

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa is hoping to repeat his Laguna triumph as he heads back to the United States.

MotoGP’s most recent trip to the U.S. saw Dani Pedrosa end a win drought of more than a year, in spectacular fashion at Laguna Seca, and although he has not tasted victory again since then he is certainly capable of repeating that Californian triumph this weekend - at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.

Pedrosa qualified eighth at Indy last year and finished the curtailed race in the same position in the kind of difficult weather conditions which do not seem to favour him, so he will hope for better this time out.

Heading into round 12 Pedrosa said, “I’m really looking forward to riding in America again because the last time we were in the States, at Laguna Seca in July, we won the race. A result like that would be great for me and the team and that’s what we’ll be aiming for, though we know we’ll have to work hard for it because our rivals have proved they are very strong in the last few races.”

Referring to Fiat Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo’s pace in the Czech Republic, Pedrosa continued, “I don’t think the gap they had at the last race in Brno was a true reflection of our pace compared to theirs though, so I expect we’re going to be closer to them at Indy.”

On the specifics of riding at ‘The Brickyard’, Pedrosa added, “The circuit itself is largely made up of second and third gear corners so it’s not one of my favourites to ride, but the venue itself is very impressive. I really hope the weather is going to be better than last year because the conditions in the race were pretty terrible and the organisers were forced to stop it early. The team is motivated for Indy - we made some progress in the test after Brno, so we’re looking for another strong weekend.”

MotoGP, 2009, RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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