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De Puniet and Pedrosa reflect on crash

De Puniet and Pedrosa reflect on crash

Following the costly first lap MotoGP incident at Misano yesterday which dashed the hopes of three riders in an instant, colliding pair Dani Pedrosa and Randy de Puniet both reflected on the crash in a pragmatic manner.

Following the costly first lap MotoGP incident at Misano yesterday which dashed the hopes of three riders in an instant, colliding pair Dani Pedrosa and Randy de Puniet both reflected on the crash in a pragmatic manner.

The accident also affected Pedrosa's Repsol Honda team-mate Nicky Hayden, who swerved onto the gravel run-off to avoid the crashing duo and therefore lost significant ground having qualified on the front row, eventually finishing 13th.

Having been struck by Kawasaki's De Puniet, who lost control of his rear wheel, the race was immediately over on lap one for Pedrosa as he blamelessly crashed out for the second time in 2007 – mirroring similar misfortune at Istanbul in the third race of the season.

However, the young Catalan rider was not pointing any fingers and tried to remain philosophical about his bad luck, commenting: "It's a real shame about this crash because I made a good start and had a chance to get away with the leaders. I was just turning into Turn Two when I was hit on the inside and really that was the first I knew about it."

"There is always a possibility that this kind of crash can happen in the first few corners of a race, especially at a tight circuit like this. It's just unfortunate that this is the second time it has happened to me this season because someone hit me in Turkey as well. The only positive thing is that I am not hurt. It's a disappointment, but we must put it behind us and continue to fight for the best championship position we can get. Let's hope for some better luck in Portugal."

De Puniet, meanwhile, was unable to explain what had caused the crash, stating: "I don't know what happened, we have to check the data because when I tried to change direction, entering the left corner, I lost the rear, touched Pedrosa and crashed. I don't know if I used the rear brake or not, I want to check our data so I have a better idea about what happened."

"Obviously, I'm disappointed. I feel I did really well over the weekend so, to finish the race at the second corner is not very good. Luckily, there aren't any big injuries: the footpeg went in to my back when I crashed, and that hurts, but it's nothing major. But yes, obviously, I'm not very happy."

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MotoGP, 2007, GP CINZANO DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, Dani Pedrosa

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