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Highside crash scuppers Pedrosa's efforts

Highside crash scuppers Pedrosa's efforts

Until the rain fell heavily on Sunday morning at the A-Style Grand Prix of Japan Dani Pedrosa was thoroughly enjoying the Motegi weekend, having taken his second pole of the year - but things did not go according to plan once racing commenced.

Until the rain fell heavily on Sunday morning at the A-Style Grand Prix of Japan Dani Pedrosa was thoroughly enjoying the Motegi weekend, having taken his second pole of the year - but things did not go according to plan once racing commenced.

Having looked good in free practice and with his Repsol Honda future confirmed by HRC for another two years on Friday, Pedrosa was happy after qualifying to start at the front of the grid for the first time since Jerez in March.

Having come fourth at Le Mans and eighth at Donington in wet conditions earlier this year, the Catalan former 125cc and 250cc World Champion had somewhat enhanced his reputation for wet riding but nonetheless was disappointed to wake up to rain at the Twin Ring circuit this morning.

Indeed in the MotoGP warm-up session Pedrosa dropped off the pace to finish 13th on the timesheet. In truth he fought well from pole in the race itself and got a superb start before the conditions start to complicate things for all the riders, as a wet track dried out causing tyre deterioration.

While race winner Loris Capirossi clearly got the decision right by pitting early to change from wet tyres, Valentino Rossi left it to the last minute and paid the price, as did Pedrosa – he and Rossi the last two riders remaining on ‘wets'.

On lap 15 the 21 year-old Honda rider suffered a very nasty looking highside crash while cornering to send him flying onto the gravel run-off, instantly ending his race and causing a foot injury which will be fully assessed over the next 24 hours.

Reflecting on his third race-ending accident of the year, Pedrosa commented: "Well this is obviously a very disappointing finish to what had been a promising weekend until this morning. I don't really know what happened, the back just snapped around even before I had given any throttle. With hindsight, perhaps I should have come into the pits a little earlier, but that's an easier call to make now than at the time."

"We can certainly take some positives from this race even though the result is disappointing for me and the team. The more worrying thing for me right now is that it feels like I have broken a bone in my left foot. I will have more x-rays and really hope I'm fit for the next race in Australia. Congratulations to Casey on the championship. He has been very strong all season and really deserves the title today."

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MotoGP, 2007, A-STYLE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Dani Pedrosa

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