Pedrosa aiming to make Indy amends
|By Jonathan Noble||Monday, August 23rd 2010, 12:20 GMT|
Dani Pedrosa is ready to make amends for the error he made in last year's Indianapolis Grand Prix as he heads to the United States in confident mood.
The Repsol Honda rider was dominant throughout practice and qualifying at the Brickyard 12 months ago, but threw away an almost certain win with a fall in the race.
But, after a strong showing at Brno a fortnight ago, Pedrosa sees no reason why he cannot add another victory to his tally this time out.
"I'm going to Indianapolis in a very good mood and I'm feeling ready to finish the job we weren't able to complete in the race there last time," said the Spaniard.
"I felt really comfortable riding in Indy last year. I was on top of the timesheets from the first practice, I took pole position and the only mistake I made was in the race. So I hope this time we can put together a strong weekend and take another good result."
Pedrosa thinks the key to a successful weekend will be in finding a good set-up from the off in practice.
"We were fast and consistent at the last race in Brno and we'll be aiming to get straight back on that pace again this weekend," he said. "It will be important, as always, to establish a good machine setting quickly on Friday, and I think we have a useful base from last year that will help us to find the right direction straight away.
"We were ready to win again in Brno and this will be our goal in Indianapolis too."
Pedrosa's team-mate Andrea Dovizioso is also hoping to turn good potential into a hard result - after crashing out of the Czech Grand Prix.
"If I look back to the Brno GP I have to say that - except for the final result - it was a good weekend," he said. "We were competitive, our race pace was good but the result did not come.
"So we go to Indy determined to transform this good performance into a result. We need strong results for the team and for the championship position. Last year I was fourth at Indy in the race but we weren’t as fast as the front runners - Dani especially was very fast. But this means that we have the potential to do well and this is an extra motivation for the weekend."