Pedrosa confident ahead of new season
17 Mar 2017 - 22:10
Third at the last official test, Dani Pedrosa closed preseason with a good feeling and a positive progression – after also finishing high up the order in Australia and Malaysia. The Repsol Honda rider, who has achieved at least one victory in each of his 11 seasons in MotoGP, is sure to be one of the men to beat when the season gets underway on March 26 at the Losail International Circuit.
Commenting on his approach to into the 2017 MotoGP season during an interview with MotoGP, the 31-year old Spanish rider said: "The word would be ‘excited’. I come into it with enthusiasm and the desire to show my best."
Commenting on his new bike, Pedrosa said: "A bike is always evolving. It's about looking for the balance between bike and rider, and that’s where we are, with more and more connection between both."
"I've always had a good connection with Michelin. Despite the initial problems with adaptation, we are constantly improving," Pedrosa commented on moving into Michelin tyres.
"Without a doubt today, with the small differences between riders, everything is key."
Pedrosa sees the talent level in MotoGP has gathered World Champions from different categories and generations.
"The category is always the maximum expression of bikes and riders. In recent years it has gathered World Champions from different categories and generations," he said.
Making a prediction about a possible champion of the new season, Pedrosa said: "I see the usual candidates, but with the unknown of how Viñales will handle the pressure of being a contender. It's different being a surprise winner to being obliged to win."