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Pedrosa and Dovizioso eager for Le Mans

Pedrosa and Dovizioso eager for Le Mans

The Repsol Honda riders are keen to take the improvements made from the last round out onto the track at the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France.

A confident Repsol Honda pairing of Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso will head to Le Mans this weekend for the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France, both ready to continue the impressive progress they made at the last round of the 2010 MotoGP World Championship.

Pedrosa started from pole position at Jerez and finished the race second as he made a huge step up from the season opener in Qatar, and the race at Le Mans will be a big personal achievement in his career. The Spaniard will make his 150th Grand Prix start across all classes, making him the youngest rider to have passed the landmark.

The 24 year-old also has a strong record at Le Mans, where he has started from pole position in three of his four premier class races so far and where he placed third in last year’s outing. ”After the Jerez race I’m looking forward to arriving in Le Mans and continuing with our recent progress,” said Pedrosa. “We were able to complete a good weekend in Spain, being fast from the first practice and building up to the best set-up possible for the race. This is the pattern we have to achieve again in France.”

“Le Mans is one of those circuits where you need to be prepared for any track conditions because the weather can play a big part during the weekend. In fact, last year’s wet-dry race was a good example of this. So it will be very important to make maximum use of the practice sessions and be ready to set the bike up for a wide range of weather conditions and temperatures.”

Pedrosa concluded by adding: “Le Mans will also be my 150th Grand Prix in the World Championship, and I would really like to mark this with another great result there.”

Dovizioso is also going for his second podium of the season to match his third place in Qatar, and after some promising steps at the Test at Jerez he is hopeful the developments made can help improve his sixth place from the race at the Spanish circuit.

“I’m looking forward to racing at Le Mans this weekend. It’s a circuit that I like and where I always tend to get good results so I’m confident for this race,” said Dovizioso, who finished on the podium five times in the 250cc and 125cc classes, including a win in the latter.

“After the improvements we found during the Monday Test in Jerez, I think we will be very competitive. In fact we will use the new chassis we tested in Jerez and I’m very positive about our potential. Le Mans is a slow racetrack. It looks easy on paper but in reality it’s quite a tricky place to interpret, and riding at maximum pace is a good challenge.”

Dovizioso will also be keen to improve on his fourth place at Le Mans from last season, and added: “Last year I fought for the podium and I lost out on the very last lap so my motivation is high for this race. I’m confident we can fight with the front riders this year.”

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MotoGP, 2010, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Dani Pedrosa, Andrea Dovizioso, Repsol Honda Team

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