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Pedrosa and Dovizioso both hungry for Silverstone success

Pedrosa and Dovizioso both hungry for Silverstone success

Buoyed by their individual achievements in the last round the Repsol Honda pair are both determined to challenge for victory at the AirAsia British Grand Prix.

Dani Pedrosa’s first win of 2010 at Mugello lifted the Spaniard to second spot in the World Championship standings, and the Repsol Honda rider is now focused on a run of results to strengthen his position as he prepares for the AirAsia British Grand Prix this weekend.

Pedrosa currently sits 25 points adrift of Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo, but the fact that they will be on a level playing field at the newly developed Silverstone means that the ability to adapt quickly to the track could be pivotal in making up further ground.

“We arrive at Silverstone in good shape after the victory in Mugello,” said Pedrosa. “We had a very good weekend in Italy and myself and the team need to make the most of it to maintain this momentum.”

“I cannot say much about Silverstone,” he continued. “From what I've seen it's a fast circuit, high speed overall, with many right-hand corners which are taken with the throttle open. It looks like an old-fashioned circuit, maybe comparable to Assen before they shortened it. We will start on Friday without prior knowledge, but it's the same for everyone so I hope we can adapt as quickly as possible to prepare for the race.”

Silverstone hosts the first in a trio of back-to-back races and it will be a busy period for the MotoGP riders. “We will have three races in a row now – Britain, Holland and Catalunya – and it will be very important not to make mistakes and to maintain consistency in the results," concluded Pedrosa.

Team-mate Andrea Dovizioso is also highly motivated ahead of the impending fifth round. The Italian has enjoyed his best-ever start to a MotoGP campaign having finished on the podium in three of the four opening races, and he took his first premier class victory in last year’s British GP at Donington.

“We used to race at Donington Park, which was a track that I really liked and where only myself and Valentino had won in all the Grand Prix classes – 125cc, 250cc and MotoGP,” he said. “But despite this I’m very much looking forward to Silverstone. It’s a new track for everyone and we have no previous reference data for the circuit, which gives us one more challenge for the race weekend.”

Dovizioso is aiming to make the next step up and fight for his first win of 2010, having gained a considerable amount of confidence from his fine start to the season.

“We arrive at this race in very good shape, with three podiums from four races, and we’re feeling especially good after the podium at Mugello – my home race – because this was really significant for me,” he stated. “Now we have to take another step forward because on Sunday I want to fight for the win.”

MotoGP, 2010, AIRASIA BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Dani Pedrosa, Andrea Dovizioso, Repsol Honda Team

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