Dani Pedrosa insists Misano title blow hasn't hurt his motivation

Dani Pedrosa says he heads into this weekend's Aragon Grand Prix with his motivation and resolve unaffected by his Misano crash

Dani Pedrosa insists Misano title blow hasn't hurt his motivation

The Spaniard surrendered 25 points to title rival Jorge Lorenzo in the San Marino GP when, forced to start from the back of the grid, he was wiped out at Turn 6 by Pramac's Hector Barbera.

Having closed to within 13 points of Lorenzo on the back of consecutive wins at the Sachsenring and Brno, he now trails the Yamaha rider by 38 with just five races remaining.

Despite the setback, Pedrosa said his motivation remained undimmed heading into Aragon, a circuit on which he has beaten Lorenzo in the last two years.

"We go [to Aragon] with the same determination as always, motivated to continue riding well and have another good race," Pedrosa said.

"The bike is working well and I'm feeling good; we went there with the team for a two-day test at the beginning of this month and we did a good job."

Pedrosa will once again line up alongside Jonathan Rea, whose competitive MotoGP debut culminated in an eighth-place finish at Misano.

Rea said that experience, added to his two days of testing at Aragon, have boosted his confidence ahead of what could be his final appearance before Casey Stoner returns from injury.

"Having tested in Aragon 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," he said.

"Aragon has a really long straight which suits the power of the Honda.

"I am now in week four of my five back-to-back races including both WSBK and MotoGP but I am still really excited about this coming race."

Stoner recently hinted he could make his comeback at Motegi, in the build up to the defence of his winning streak at his home grand prix at Phillip Island.

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