Momentum on Pedrosa’s side

Dani Pedrosa hopes to maintain his winning run at Phillip Island in Australia this weekend, following his first victory of the season at Motegi on Sunday.

The 30-year-old Repsol Honda rider came to terms with the challenging wet conditions at the Twin Ring Circuit faster than the other riders on the track, which culminated in the Spaniard taking the lead over Valentino Rossi on the final lap.

Sunday' result was Pedrosa's first victory of the season, but after he finished in second place at Aragon last month, he goes into this weekend's race at Phillip Island in confident mood.

Pedrosa, like his team-mate Marc Marquez, has never won in Australia in the Premier Class, with his only win there occurring in 2005 on a 250cc machine.

His best finishes in the Premier Class is second in 2013 and third in 2009.

"It was a great result in Motegi, after a difficult weekend. I am feeling really positive and we have good momentum as we head to Australia for the next race," Pedrosa said.

"Phillip Island can be tricky due to the weather conditions so we will work hard and try to get a good qualifying position. It's difficult to know how the race will play out and we will have to see how our bike works there this year.

"Anyway we will be fighting hard and hope to be on the podium again."

Sunday's 25-point haul at Motegi moved Pedrosa into fifth place on the standings, two points ahead of Bradley Smith on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3.