Sep 25, 2012
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Dani Pedrosa (26).
Repsol Honda Team return to Spain for Aragon GP
The Repsol Honda Team travels to AlcaÃ±iz this weekend in preparation for the fourteenth round of the season and the third visit of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship to Spain.
Motorland AragÃ³n welcomes the MotoGP family for the third consecutive year and has been a successful venue for the Repsol Honda Team in the past, with both Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa topping the podium in 2010 and 2011, two victories for the Australian rider and two second places for the Spaniard.
Dani Pedrosa, who will celebrate his 27th birthday on Saturday, arrives confident and ready to put the issues he had Misano behind him - the first race this season without points due to an incident on the first lap. Dani, currently second in the standings 38 points off Jorge Lorenzo, is in great form and the results of the test held at AragÃ³n at the beginning of this month will give him high motivation. Dani set the fastest overall time in the two day test, with a best lap of 1'47.983, improving the current circuit record set by Casey Stoner (1'49.046 in 2011) by more than a second.
AragÃ³n will be the second race for Jonathan Rea as substitute rider for Casey Stoner, who continues his rehabilitation in Australia. Fresh from Portimao, with a 6th and a 2nd place in the two races of the World Superbike Championship, the British rider is looking to make another step forward on the RC213V at a circuit where he also tested with the Repsol Honda Team.
DANI PEDROSA World Championship Standing: 2nd with 232 points
"AragÃ³n 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 World Championship Standing: 23rd with 8 points
"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."