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Pedrosa: “I stayed in Barcelona for my birthday”

Pedrosa: “I stayed in Barcelona for my birthday”

A return to the podium and a birthday celebration has Dani Pedrosa in high spirits ahead of the Motul Grand Prix of Japan.

The Twin Ring Motegi circuit is not only Honda’s home race, but the track is also owned by Honda and ensuring victory is vital for the Japanese manufacturer. In both 2011 and 2012, Dani Pedrosa won the MotoGP™ race and on only four occasions has Pedrosa missed the Motegi podium since moving to the premier class in 2006. However, the Japanese GP is not all fond memories for the Repsol Honda rider; in 2010 he fell heavily during practice due to a stuck throttle and broke his collarbone, missing the race. Having recently returned to full fitness, Pedrosa will be eager to avoid incident and continue his momentum from the Aragon GP where he took a sensational second after an intense battle with Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha).

Motegi is a technical track filled with heavy braking and hard acceleration, a layout that should suit the Honda machine. Not only is the circuit demanding, but so too is the schedule as three races are help in succession with no rest between rounds. With 129 points, Pedrosa could end the year in the top five of the World Championship despite missing multiple races through injury early in the season. Strong results at the three flyaway rounds will be vital to achieve this result as competition in the MotoGP™ World Championship is fierce throughout the field.

Dani Pedrosa: “After the battle in Aragon with Valentino I’m feeling really motivated to go to Japan, Honda’s home race! We had a testing day on Monday after the race and then on Tuesday I stayed in Barcelona for my birthday with family and friends. Now we’re already on our way for the fly aways. This race is a big event for Honda so I’m even more inspired to give them and all the fans a strong result! The track itself has many strong braking points and acceleration areas, so you need to find a good setup combining braking stability and traction out of the corners."

MotoGP, 2015, MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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