Dani Pedrosa will hope to exorcise a few personal demons this weekend as MotoGP returns to the Sachsenring in Germany.
The Spaniard was not only leading the race on the German circuit but also the world championship standings in 2008 when a fall in heavy rain saw him ruled out for the rest of the season.
“Sachsenring is a circuit where I enjoy racing and we’ve normally had a good performance there. Even in 2008 when I crashed I was leading the race with a good gap, so it makes me feel that we can do well again this weekend,” said Pedrosa, who secured second place in the last MotoGP in Catalunya.
Repsol Honda team-mate Andrea Dovizioso, meanwhile, is out to make up for the disappointment of crashing out from second when he was chasing runaway leader Jorge Lorenzo in Barcelona.
“At the last race in Catalunya we had the pace to fight for the top position and, even though the final result was not good, we can say that we improved a lot and proved that we are almost where we need to be," said the Italian.
Both men will need to sustain their improvement.
Lorenzo extended his world championship lead as he won his third consecutive race from pole position in Barcelona. The Spaniard now leads compatriot Pedrosa by 52 points in the standings.
There is also the small matter of the return to racing of Lorenzo’s Yamaha team-mate, 2009 champion Valentino Rossi. After less than a month and a half out with the broken leg the Italian sustained in his home grand prix, Rossi is back racing.
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