MotoGP: Pedrosa - 'Heat will be a big factor'

The Spanish Smurf says tyre choice is vital for this weekend's hot conditions at the Malaysian GP

DANI PEDROSA says he can fight back and bag two strong finishes in the final brace of races in the remaining MotoGP 2008 championship.

The Repsol Honda rider made headlines earlier this season when he switched tyre manufacturers going from Michelin to Bridgestone. Since the move however, his results have been less than spectacular.
He said:

"We weren´t so lucky at Phillip Island and sometimes you have some bad luck in racing. But we are already looking forward to Malaysia where I am determined to make up for the mistake I made in the last race. I´ve got still some pain from the accident, my left knee is a bit swollen, but I hope I will soon be in perfect condition.

"I had a very good feeling at Sepang in pre-season testing before the crash that injured my hand. I had a good pace from the beginning and I hope to start this weekend in the best way with the new bike and tyres. The track is quite long with a good combination of right-handers and left-handers, many of which are quite long. The motorcycle needs tyres of a tough compound for this race, and tyres play a very important role in the heat.

"Both the front and rear tyres are of a similar compound because they both have to work very hard: there is a lot of heavy braking, which asks a lot of the front end, and there is a lot of hard acceleration, which affects the rear. The track has a lot of different corners and sections, so the riding style you use is quite varied and it is very physically demanding because of the heat."

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