Pedrosa happy to just be racing again

Dani Pedrosa is looking forward to racing at Mugello this weekend knowing that his contract situation at Honda has been cleared up.

Pedrosa had been linked with a move to Yamaha as a potential replacement for Jorge Lorenzo next season, but the Spaniard has opted to renew ties with Honda for another two years instead.

Pedrosa will race in his 250th Premier Class race on Sunday and the rider currently fourth in the MotoGP World Championship standings is hopeful of a strong performance come race day.

"I'm very happy to arrive at the Italian GP having already renewed with Honda and aware I will be able to keep working with a team I know and trust," said the 28-year-old. 

"With our future well lined up we'll be totally free to just focus on the work to do on track. Mugello has a very fast and flowing layout with many long corners so finding a good set-up and a good grip will be crucial. 

"So far my overall pace in races has been better than it could be expected from practices, in Le Mans at least it was so in the second part of the race, so I'm hoping to start strong from Friday and to keep improving over the weekend," Pedrosa added. 

"I'll try to do better Saturday in qualifying and to get a better grid position so be closer to the front and not remaining stuck in the first part of the race."