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Pedrosa remains upbeat after Turkish crash

Pedrosa remains upbeat after Turkish crash

It was a bad end to the Grand Prix of Turkey weekend for the Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa as he crashed out of the third race of the MotoGP World Championship, having qualified to start third on the grid.

It was a bad end to the Grand Prix of Turkey weekend for the Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa as he crashed out of the third race of the MotoGP World Championship, having qualified to start third on the grid.

The Spanish former 250cc World Champion's race came to an abrupt end during the first lap of the Istanbul Park circuit as he was caught up in a multiple collision which also involved French Kawasaki rider Olivier Jacque, Fiat Yamaha's Colin Edwards and Rizla Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen.

It was the end of the Grand Prix for Pedrosa, Jacque and Edwards, though Vermeulen creditably remounted to finish 11th. Jacque was taken to hospital for scans and suffered a bruised coccyx, Edwards suffered a swollen knee, whilst Pedrosa sustained blows to the chest and left collarbone.

Although an examination at Clinica Mobile confirmed that there were no fractures, Pedrosa ended the day in a neck brace and will miss a scheduled test day on Monday at the Turkish venue where he also suffered a crash in the 2006 Grand Prix.

After the race Pedrosa tried to remain upbeat, commenting: "It's a shame about the crash today because I think I had a chance of a good result here – it seems that this track is not so lucky for me! My start was no so good and I had some wheelspin off the line which meant I dropped back and was in a large group of riders on the first lap. Then when I was braking into the final tight section of the track I was hit on the inside and went down. I have some pain in my chest and neck so I won't be testing tomorrow, but I should be ok to race in China."

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MotoGP, 2007, GRAND PRIX OF TURKEY, Dani Pedrosa

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