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Pedrosa targets Lorenzo as “the man to beat”

Pedrosa targets Lorenzo as “the man to beat”

The Repsol Honda rider was delighted with his second pole position of the season, secured for the race at Mugello on Sunday, and has targeted victory from the front row.

Dani Pedrosa will be going all out for his first win of the 2010 season at the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM on Sunday, and the Repsol Honda will do so from pole position. A hot lap of 1’48.819 placed the Spaniard 0.177s ahead of rival and Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo in Saturday’s qualifying session.

Commenting on his second pole of the campaign, the 15th premier class one of his career, Pedrosa hailed the hard work of his team in delivering a strong setting on his RC212V which enabled him to ride at his accustomed high level.

"We’ve been working very hard through free practice and in qualifying this afternoon to improve things from yesterday, and we’ve achieved this so I’m satisfied,” said Pedrosa. “Being on the front row is the important thing and we have to keep our concentration because to win the race is the target - we have to make it tomorrow!”

The 24 year-old set his fastest time on the penultimate lap of his session as he refused to give up on top spot. “We were pushing very hard right to the end and we were able to do a good final lap, but the most important factor is that we’ve been able to be consistent too,” he said. “Lorenzo will be the man to beat tomorrow, but we are confident, the machine is working better here and we are in better shape than at the last race in Le Mans.”

Pedrosa also offered his wishes for a quick recovery to Valentino Rossi, who fractured his right tibia in a practice crash earlier in the day. “All of us riders know how you feel when you are hurt, and I just hope that the operation goes well for him because the first operation is always the most important.”

On the other side of the Repsol Honda team garage Andrea Dovizioso qualified in eight place for his home GP, a race he finished fourth at last year.

“I’m still confident for tomorrow. If we can stay with the front group of riders I think we can make a good race. Mugello is a very special place and I’m sure the Italian fans will give me an extra boost for the race,” he said. “It’s a real shame about Valentino’s injury. It’s always very bad when a rider crashes like this and I’m very sorry for him. I wish him a quick recovery and send him all the best.”

MotoGP, 2010, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA TIM, Dani Pedrosa, Andrea Dovizioso, Repsol Honda Team

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