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An already difficult weekend at the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas is made all the worse as Dani Pedrosa crashed out at Turn 1.
Having started in eighth place, Dani Pedrosa made a good start to the race and soon found himself up in fifth position at the end of the opening lap. Several crashes ahead saw Dani Pedrosa sat just outside the podium after the opening three laps, waiting for his chance to pass Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) ahead. Unfortunately at Turn 1 on lap seven, Pedrosa lost the front under braking and crashed taking Dovizioso down in the process. In a true sign of sportsmanship, Pedrosa was immediately on his feet to check if the Italian was unharmed. The Repsol Honda Team rider then remounted his RC213V and circulated for several laps before retiring on lap 11.
As soon as he was in the pits, Pedrosa went to the Ducati Team pit box and apologised to Dovizioso for the accident. While the Spaniard was upset to end both his and Dovizioso’s races early, he was pleased with the progress made by Honda and his crew. Regardless of crashes ahead, Pedrosa was able to match the pace of Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Andrea Dovizioso and is hopeful of continued improvement as the paddock head to Europe. After three mixed rounds to start the year, Pedrosa sits fifth in the championship with 27 points, six behind Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP).
Dani Pedrosa: “It was a rather difficult weekend overall. The practice sessions didn’t go entirely well, but I approached the race with hope and I think we started quite well. I gained positions and was in a very good group, and I think we could have fought with Lorenzo for second place; the pace we had was much better than in practice. Unfortunately, I made a small mistake, losing the front end under braking when I was still turning into the corner. I lost control and tried to save the crash, but I ended up going down and taking Dovizioso with me. It’s a shame to have finished the race in that way, and I feel especially bad for Andrea and want to apologise to him. I’m glad he’s fine. The good news is that we took a big step forward from practice to the race. Now we must carefully look into the data we collected during the race and try to build on it for the Jerez GP in two weeks’ time.”
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