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Dovizioso and Pedrosa geared up for Spain

Dovizioso and Pedrosa geared up for Spain

The Repsol Honda riders are both ready to fight at the front once more in the second round of the 2010 MotoGP World Championship, the Gran Premio bwin de España.

Repsol Honda riders Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa are both heading to Jerez in search of strong results that will build on what were impressive individual displays in the opening race in Qatar almost three weeks ago.

Dovizioso arrives at the Andalusian circuit brimming with the confidence that his third-placed finish gave him at Losail, having fought for the lead at the front of the race on his RC212V machine. The Italian now knows that his prototype can compete at the top end of the field, and despite Jerez not being one of his favoured tracks the 24 year-old is feeling well prepared for the electric atmosphere at the Gran Premio bwin de España.

“We were feeling very motivated for the race in Japan and we will definitely carry forward that determination for Jerez,” said Dovizioso of the first European round of 2010, which is now the second race in the calendar after the Grand Prix of Japan was moved to October 3rd due to the air travel problems due to the Icelandic volcanic eruption. “To be honest the racetrack is not one of my favourites and it’s quite slow - but the crowd and the atmosphere are incredible because there are always so many spectators packed into the grandstands and the hillsides.”

Dovizioso, who has finished eighth in his two premier class rides at Jerez, has placed on the podium twice before at the circuit in the 250cc class, and will look to sustain the confidence established by his season-opening podium in Qatar.

He continued: “In the past I’ve never had really good results on this track but now we are arriving in Jerez after an important result in Qatar, and I’m looking forward to this race and to continuing in the positive direction we have been moving in recently. My target is that we maintain the momentum we have, and build on it over the next few races. I’m also looking forward to the test on Monday after the race. This year there are not so many opportunities to test, so Monday will be important and we’ll work hard to make the most of it.”

Pedrosa has a fine history at the circuit and has never finished outside the top two when competing in the premier class; he also won the 2008 race. The Spaniard displayed his lightening pace off the mark in Qatar before eventually finishing seventh, and is excited at the prospect of Jerez.

"Jerez is always a very special race for the Spanish riders and I'm really looking forward to this weekend,” said Pedrosa. “We didn't have the best start to the season in Qatar and in Japan we couldn't race due to the problems caused by the volcano. Now I hope in Jerez, with the atmosphere which is always fantastic and the characteristics of the circuit, the situation can be different. I’m determined that we make improvements from the first practice onwards - unlike Qatar where we struggled a lot throughout the weekend - and that we’ll be able to go fast right from the start.”

The difficulties referred to by Pedrosa concern the handling of his machine, and he is ready to put in a lot of hard work as soon as Friday’s practice session starts.

“I would really like to feel more comfortable with the bike and get a good result here,” he explained. “Our rivals are very strong and I’m sure they want to make the most of their advantage, so we have to work very hard to get to their level and be able to fight with them from the beginning to the end of the race. At Jerez we will try some changes to the chassis so that the bike is not so nervous and I’m hopeful that they can work.”

MotoGP, 2010, GRAN PREMIO bwin DE ESPAÑA, Andrea Dovizioso, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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