Dani Pedrosa is in high spirits ahead of a Grand Prix that he surely has to win to keep his championship hopes alive. The Spaniard arrives at Aragon 38 points behind Jorge Lorenzo after a disastrous race at Misano but is happy with his own form and hopes to see it continue.

“Aragón is a very good race and the circuit is impressive. We went there with the team for a two day test at the beginning of this month and we did a good job. Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing the Spanish crowd again, it would be great to see the circuit full of people like we had in the previous years. The bike is working well and I’m feeling good; we go there with the same determination as always and motivated to continue riding well and have another good race”.

Jonathan Rea will partner Pedrosa at Repsol Honda in Casey Stoner’s continued absence and the Ulsterman expects to be closer to the front than he was in San Marino.

“I am now in week four of my five back-to-back races including both SBK and MotoGP but I am still really excited about this coming race. Having tested in Aragon on the RC213V a couple of weeks ago I am feeling more confident coming to this race than I was in Misano. Hopefully I will be able to pick up where I left off after the test as I was really starting to bond with the bike. Aragon has a really long straight which suits the power of the Honda and I am really looking forward to working with the Repsol Honda guys again and building on the experience I have gained to date.”