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Pedrosa: "I want to be on top form to take on my rivals"

Pedrosa: 'I want to be on top form to take on my rivals'

The Repsol rider takes advantage of the summer break to recover physically and confront the last eight Grands Prix of the season in the best possible form.

The Le Mans crash, which prevented him from taking points in four races, did not reduce Dani Pedrosa's confidence, and he returned to action more eager than ever. The Repsol Honda Team rider already has two victories and three podiums — two of them consecutive in the last two races — with half of the season still to go. Pedrosa is confident of getting into a good vein of form for the next round in Brno, in order to increase his number of wins this season.

Laguna Seca is always the halfway point of the season and the start of the short summer break. Will you be able to switch off? What are your plans?
“My plan is to recover, because my muscles are very stiff, so I will try to rest a bit to allow them to relax. When I feel better, I intend to train in order to avoid feeling so weak in the second half of the races."

This season you had very high expectations, but you had a really difficult first half. Despite that, you nearly did more wheelies than ever, in Jerez, Estoril and Sachsenring. What is your assessment of this first half of the season?
“My opinion of these races is that I competed well, but I was unlucky."

They say that after falling, the important thing is to pick yourself up. You really picked yourself up in style! You had unexpected victories in Portugal and Germany. Do your wins this year have a special flavour?
“These victories have a very special taste indeed. Especially after the injuries I suffered, as I was never at 100%. These wins have given me a high level of confidence. My rivals are in full form, so I am eager to recover my form too so that I can fight against them on equal terms."

The end of your bike's life cycle is approaching, but until the end of the season, in which areas should it be improved?
“The stability and the entrance into corners are always complicated matters; especially in the tracks with more bumps. Anyway, the bike is responding very well for now."

This year we have seen some falls in the first few minutes of the practice sessions, due to the difficulty in warming up and getting a feel for the tyres. Have you gone backwards in that area?
“Yes, undoubtedly. Now the tyres, both the front and the rear, when they are cold they are a bit more dangerous. In this first half of the season we saw that nearly all crashes occurred when the tyres were new."

How do you view your main rivals?
“They are doing a good job. I have been out of competition, which made it a bit easier for them. The competition is very close. There is a very high level, but we could say that none of us is at 100%. Jorge made some mistakes and only Stoner has been the most consistent."

What aims do you set for yourself in the rest of the races?
“My aim is to recover my full form and thus be able to win some races."

How do you feel both physically and mentally for these remaining eight Grands Prix?
“Right now I am not at 100%, but I hope to recover progressively race after race and let's hope that I will be able to fight back in the end."

Interview courtesy of Repsol Media

MotoGP, 2011, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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