Pedrosa buoyed by recent form

Dani Pedrosa acknowledged it had been a tumultuous period for the Respol Honda team, but said he was very encouraged by the progress they'd made over the last few weeks.

Victory at the Japanese MotoGP at Motegi – Pedrosa's first of the season – was followed up by another triumph at the penultimate round of the year in Malaysia – albeit under difficult circumstances.

The 30-year-old has come a long way since being ruled out at the start of the campaign after undergoing surgery for arm pump. 

With the final race of the 2015 series remaining at Valencia in Spain next weekend, Pedrosa is eyeing a third win of the year in front of his home fans.

“We've finished the tour of Asia now, and we're really happy with how it went,” he said.

“We've had three really beautiful weeks, with the whole team excited about every race, and us overcoming any difficulties and experiencing some intense emotions. 

“We're slowly getting back into the rhythm of things, which has helped us to ride better and get better results.” 

Speaking to his fans, he added: “You've supported me all year, when we've had bad races, and now that they're going well for us. And it's been like that for years now, season after season. That's why I want to dedicate this victory to you again. 

“In Sepang, I felt good on the bike and enjoyed the track. We're proud of this win, in one of the year's most challenging races, in terms of how physical it is. 

"Also, together with the race in Japan and Marc's victory in Australia, the Repsol Honda team has scooped the 'Asian treble' this year,” added Pedrosa in his official Repsol blog. 

“Now I'm thinking about Valencia. It's a special circuit for the end of the World Championship.”