Dani Pedrosa has reason for optimism after having gone well in the first and second free practices with a brace of second positions.  However, he is taking nothing for granted for the race since he believes that the race will be much longer than the seven laps and fifteen minutes at a stretch that he has been doing during free practice sessions.  It will be good to see Dani Pedrosa do well.  Except for the fact that he is in the controlling grip of his eminently dislikeable manager Alberto Puig, Dani is actually a very nice person.  We wish him well.