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Important weekend for Repsol Honda pair

Important weekend for Repsol Honda pair

The Misano round is of particular importance to factory Honda riders Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa, for contrasting reasons.

For Andrea Dovizioso the Gran Premio Cinzano di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini is important simply because it is his home round, whereas for his Repsol Honda colleague Dani Pedrosa it is a chance to put right everything which went wrong for him last Sunday.

Dovizioso has fond memories of riding at Misano as a youngster having been born not too far away from the Rimini circuit and he arrives at his home GP in good form, having followed up his maiden MotoGP victory at Donington with two fourth places at Brno and Indianapolis.

“I love the atmosphere at Misano and this will be a special weekend for me,” the young Italian remarked this week. “This is the track where I started my motorsport adventure so I’m really looking forward to riding here for the factory Honda team. It’s a dream come true. I think we can have a strong race here, especially after the good job we did on the machine at Indianapolis.”

Dovizioso added, “We will start this weekend with the new set-up that we used for the Indianapolis race because my crew came up with some very useful adjustments to the machine which allowed me to get a better feeling and move forward in the race. All in all, I’m confident for Misano and I can’t wait to get back out on track.”

For Pedrosa, after dominating practice last weekend at Indy, a mistake on lap 3 ended any hopes of a second American victory of 2009 for the Catalan. It was a big disappointment but the round 13 event gives him an opportunity to overcome his error.

“It’s really good that I’ll get an immediate chance to make up for the disappointment of the Indianapolis race result. Although that was obviously a big let down and you never want to crash, the pace we set over the whole weekend was very encouraging and the fact that I could finish the race riding very fast again means that I’ve already been able to put the crash behind me somewhat. Now we can concentrate on being quick again from the start of first practice on Friday.”

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MotoGP, 2009, GP CINZANO DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, Andrea Dovizioso, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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