Dani Pedrosa says he is grateful for the two-week break between the USGP and this weekend's Czech MotoGP event, following the Spaniard's injury-strewn start to the season.
Pedrosa was still recovering from his broken collarbone and its complications during the Laguna Seca weekend, and faded to a distant third in the race behind teammate Casey Stoner and world champion Jorge Lorenzo. But he says that the summer break has energized him and that he is now ready to be competitive through the end of the season.
"These two and a half weeks have flown by for me, but I really enjoyed this break," he said. "The truth is that I needed it, first of all to rest after the last few races that were physically hard for me but also to disconnect a little and to train, to get back my physical strength and be fit again. My holidays have been a combination of all.
"When I got back from Laguna I spent some days doing nothing just to relax the whole area of the neck, arms and back. After this, I've been combining physical training with relaxation exercises to avoid over stressing the area. Now I'm looking forward to competing again and enjoying the races until the end of the season. The bike is working very well this year so I hope we can get good results and win races in this second half of the championship."
Pedrosa, like many riders, holds Brno as one of his favorite stops on the calendar and added that there was extra motivation for looking forward to this year's visit.
"Brno is a track I like, I've won there in 125 and 250, and I've had some podiums also in MotoGP so to fight for the victory is a challenge for me and I'm very motivated," he said. "I'm also looking forward to the test at Brno with the 1000cc bike. I missed the first one in Jerez due to the injury and I'm excited to see to see how the new bike works."