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Mixed reactions following last-lap collision

Mixed reactions following last-lap collision

Mixed reactions following last-lap collision

Alex de Angelis and Dani Pedrosa yesterday provided one of the most thrilling duels of the 250cc season at Motegi as the San Marinese and Spaniard battled for second spot in the second half of the race. Defending Champion Pedrosa eventually took second to complete a Movistar Honda 1-2 with Hiroshi Aoyama, but only after de Angelis clashed with Jorge Lorenzo at the hairpin on the very last lap of the race.

Fourth-placed Lorenzo made a move on Pedrosa at the entry of the hairpin and looked set to snatch second position as de Angelis went wide, but the Aprilia rider cut back and bumped into the Spaniard leaving Pedrosa free to cruise to second unthreatened.

Disappointed to have missed the podium after a strong comeback, Lorenzo commented: ´My only option was to go for that gap and thats what I did. I did not go in too hard, though, because if de Angelis had not touched me I would have come out of the corner in front.´

De Angelis blamed the incident on Lorenzo, recalling that a similar clash had taken place at Catalunya earlier this year. ´I can´t believe it ended like that, I had a good chance to finish on the podium and losing it when I was so close to the chequered flag was quite a blow. It´s the second time that Lorenzo has put me out in a race - the first time was in Barcelona. Such behaviour is not acceptable, Lorenzo should be a bit more cautious, we have powerful bikes and can easily get hurt, but he just doesn´t seem to care.´

This incident allowed Casey Stoner to take an unexpected third position. Reflecting on the clash between the two riders after race direction announced Lorenzo´s one-race ban, the hard-charging Australian said it was a simple racing incident.

´There´s a few other riders that could deserve a little bit more than him, they definitely need to sort out the actions of some other guys,´ commented Stoner. ´Over the past couple of years some guys have moved up from the 125 class and riding against them is quite dangerous. For our security, we just need to set a few rules and apply them.´

250cc, 2005, GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN

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