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Pedrosa not relishing Shanghai return

Pedrosa not relishing Shanghai return

In contrast to the likes of satellite rider Andrea Dovizioso, who is approaching Shanghai with a positive mental attitude, Repsol Honda´s Dani Pedrosa is surprisingly none too enamored with the prospect of riding in China this weekend.

The Spaniard is yet to use the pneumatic valve engine developed for the RC212V, and will continue to use the standard motor along one of the fastest straights of the series. Pedrosa is currently in second place in the World Championship, level on points with arch rival Jorge Lorenzo, heading to the scene of his 2006 maiden victory, but sees difficulties ahead.

`What I like the most about Shanghai is the width of the track. The surface is of good quality but a bit rough, probably due to the Formula One cars,´ says Pedrosa, one of only two riders to finish on the podium at every race thus far in 2008.

`The circuit layout isn´t that great; it features some very strange corners and the balance between the straights, the tight corners and the faster corners isn´t very good. One of the most important parts of the track is the back straight, which is very long, so you need good engine performance here.´

Pedrosa does have the benefit of some intensive testing post-Estoril, which he hopes will keep him up with the frontrunners in Asia.

`We have had quite a good start to the season and we are working hard to stay very competitive. The tests we did at Estoril were useful, we worked on a few things that should help us in China, like improving front-end feeling and stability on the brakes.´

MotoGP, 2008, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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