News 25 Aug 2011

Pedrosa shooting for second straight victory at Indianapolis

Dani Pedrosa won last year at Indy and now he wants to repeat in 2011.

Dani Pedrosa won last year at Indy and now he wants to repeat in 2011.

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa is targetting his second straight Indianapolis victory when the MotoGP World Championship continues this weekend.

Pedrosa is ready to bounce back from a disappointing weekend in Brno. The Spaniard had taken his first pole of the season and was second to teammate Stoner when he fell, unhurt, on the third lap.

To that point he’d been strong in the previous races, winning in Germany and finishing third in the U.S. Grand Prix prior to the summer break.

Indy has been welcoming to Pedrosa. In 2009 he qualified on pole and last year did even better.

From fifth on the grid, and half a second off the pace, Pedrosa took the lead from pole-sitting American Ben Spies on the seventh of 28 laps and romped to victory, the third of his four on the season.

“I’m heading to Indianapolis and really looking forward to the race,” Pedrosa said. “Last year we had a good race there and I hope I can repeat this again.

“The asphalt has changed, so we will have to adapt to the new surface, check how the tyres are working there and look for the best race setup possible.

“Physically I’m improving little by little; already in Brno I felt better than in the past months, so I hope I can be in good shape for the race.

“Obviously the last race result was very disappointing for me and my team after such a good weekend, but we take the positive things from it and move forward.”

Pedrosa currently sits fifth in the world championship despite missing a number of rounds through injury.