Dani Pedrosa looks for home boost

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Dani Pedrosa is hoping his impressive record at the Jerez circuit will spark his disappointing 2010 season into life at this weekend’s Spanish MotoGP clash.

The triple world champion struggled badly throughout winter testing to make any significant progress on the new factory Honda RC212V machine.

And the Spaniard also had a tough opening to the season in Qatar earlier this month when he faded from a strong start to finish in a lowly seventh.

But Pedrosa arrives at his home circuit in confident mood with a superb record at Jerez to draw inspiration from.

The 24-year-old has claimed a podium finish at Jerez every year since 2005 and he said: “I’m really looking forward to this weekend.

“We didn’t have the best start to the season in Qatar, and in Japan we couldn’t race due to the problems caused by the volcano, but I hope in Jerez, with the atmosphere, which is always fantastic, and the characteristics of the circuit, the situation can be different.

“I’m determined that we make improvements from the first practice onwards – unlike Qatar where we struggled a lot throughout the weekend – and that we’ll be able to go fast right from the start.

“I would really like to feel more comfortable with the bike and get a good result here.

“Our rivals are very strong and I’m sure they want to make the most of their advantage, so we have to work very hard to get to their level and be able to fight with them from the beginning to the end of the race.

“In Jerez we w ill try some changes to the chassis so that the bike is not so nervous and I’m hopeful that they can work”.

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt