Honda’s factory pairing of Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso arrive at round four in a confident mood, following the former’s surge in form at the last two races.
Pedrosa is still fighting back from injury following winter crashes and surgeries, but his excellent efforts at Motegi and Jerez saw him cause a surprise with back to back podiums, giving motivation to Dovizioso as the two riders simultaneously try to improve the RC212V Honda race package.
Spanish sports fans were always going to be split down the middle this weekend, on the occasion of the latest edition of ‘El Clasico’ -the football derby between Barcelona and Real Madrid that customarily dominates the attentions of the national press.
The biggest all-Spanish clash on Sunday, however, is expected to take place at the front of the MotoGP race.
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Looking forward to the second round of the season in the pre-event press conference at Motegi on Thursday the 2007 World Champion Casey Stoner spoke of the track’s unknown quantities as he previewed the weekend’s action.