Pedrosa hopes for Barcelona momentum upturn

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Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa heads to this weekend’s Catalan MotoGP in Barcelona with hopes of an improved performance after crashing out at last weekend’s Italian GP.

On Sunday at the Mugello Circuit on the final lap of the race, Pedrosa was attempting to pass Cal Crutchlow for 11th place but lost control of his RC213V taking both of them out of the race.

That result made the Spanish rider fall to fifth in the MotoGP rider standings.

A positive for going into this weekend's racing in Barcelona for Pedrosa and the Honda team is that they know the Catalan track well having done in-season testing there last month. 

In an interview carried by GP Update, Pedrosa said he was hoping that the May testing at Montmelo would help the team bounce back.

"We will work hard to get back to the level we were at before Mugello and try and make good use of the information we gathered during the test we had at Montmelò in May, which was quite positive,” Pedrosa said. 

"Besides working on the setup, during the test we had the chance to try the new chicane and the modifications carried out to the layout which is tighter than before in that sector, even if the lap times are similar to the past. 

"The surface is really bumpy and that also will be a factor to take into account. We are ready to give our 100% to get a good result." 

The Honda riders previous results at Catalunya:

Pedrosa: 3 wins, 1×125 (2003), 1×250 (2005) and 1xMotoGP (2008), plus an additional 9 podiums and 3 pole positions.