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Pedrosa fractures toe in practice crash

Pedrosa fractures toe in practice crash

Pedrosa fractures toe in practice crash

Dani Pedrosa rode through the pain barrier this afternoon after fracturing the little toe on his right foot in a crash at the end of the morning free practice at Motegi. The series leader his the deck shortly after setting the fastest time of the FP1, returning in the afternoon to qualify seventh fastest on the provisional grid.

"We went quite well this morning and I set the fastest time, but at the end of the session I crashed and that affected the qualifying practice in the afternoon. It was an unexpected crash on my second lap out, I was going slowly and the rear wheel stepped out.

"At first I was a little bit worried about my ankles but I quickly realised that the pain was coming from my little toe. In the afternoon the anti-inflammatory tablets kicked in about halfway through the session and I didn't go badly, but I made a mistake by coming in to change tyres too late.

"I didn't see the pitboard well and couldn't do the time I wanted to. Anyway, hopefully I'll feel better tomorrow and be able to improve a little."

250cc, 2004, CAMEL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Dani Pedrosa

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