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Pedrosa prepared for Australia return

Pedrosa prepared for Australia return

The Repsol Honda rider will participate in this weekend’s Iveco Australian Grand Prix after missing the last two races with a fractured collarbone.

Dani Pedrosa will be back in action this weekend as the Repsol Honda rider makes his return to riding following an injury-enforced lay off. The Spaniard has missed the last two races in Japan and Malaysia after fracturing his collarbone in a practice session crash at Motegi ten days ago.

After a successful operation the day after the fall Pedrosa has continued with a course of physiotherapy, which he will continue upon his arrival in Australia, and is now prepared to try and defend second position in the Championship standings after Jorge Lorenzo clinched the 2010 title at Sepang on Sunday.

Pedrosa, who holds a 47-point advantage over third-placed Valentino Rossi in the Championship, said: “It was hard to take the decision to not go to Malaysia, but after another week I feel it was the right thing to do because during these days my condition has improved quite a lot. So I’m looking forward to getting to Australia and finding out how I feel on the bike.”

“I will arrive at Phillip Island on Wednesday to have some time to recover from the flight and rest a little bit. I know it will be tough because Phillip Island is a very demanding track and also the weather conditions can play a big part, but I really believe it’s time to come back with my team and try to return to the high level of performance we had before the crash in Japan.”

“The Championship is decided, but for us it’s still not over. The target now is to retain second place in the standings and continue working on the bike so that we arrive in good shape for the winter tests, when we will start working for next year."

Pedrosa also extended his congratulations to Lorenzo after his rival’s achievement.

“I think it's very good for Spain to have another World Champion in the top class after Alex Crivillé's first title back in 1999. That was a long time ago… too long. So I'd like to say congratulations to Lorenzo,” said Pedrosa. “He rode very well this year right from the beginning of the season and made very few mistakes - so he deserves the title.”

Tags:
MotoGP, 2010, IVECO AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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