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Pedrosa crashes out after Marquez touch

Pedrosa crashes out after Marquez touch

Dani Pedrosa’s chances of a first MotoGP™ title took a major blow on Sunday, crashing out of the Gran Premio Iveco de Aragón as a result of passing contact with Marc Marquez, eventual winner and teammate at Repsol Honda Team.

While running second and third behind Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo on Lap 6 at MotorLand Aragón, the Honda duo made the slightest of touches at Turn 12. Marquez, who at the time was running in third place, appeared to out-brake himself and run wide, with the contact causing a broken sensor on the rear of Pedrosa’s bike.

“Unfortunately, it looks like they slightly touched each other and the sensor for rear wheel speed was broken,” Team Principal Livio Suppo confirmed.

“After that, there was no more traction control and that is why Dani crashed. He is back in the garage and he is okay.”

As Pedrosa - on his 28th birthday - retired from a race for the first time this season, Marquez went on to pass Lorenzo and celebrate his sixth victory of 2013.

When sharing his opinion over the clash, Pedrosa was not mixing words:

“I was going into the corner. He was over the limit, completely missed the braking, tried to avoid me and at that moment touched me a little bit and went off. When I opened the gas, the cable of the traction control was broken so I had a big highside and couldn’t really avoid the crash, unfortunately.

“The positive part is that I am physically okay. I had a big impact on my hip and my lower back, but it is nothing really to worry about at the moment. I am just hoping to get physically well for the next race. I have zero points (as a result of the incident) but it wasn’t my mistake today - that is what I take from it.”

Marquez now leads Lorenzo by 39 points, with Pedrosa still third but 59 in arrears which means it is possible that his title hopes could fade next time out in Malaysia. In the meantime, Race Direction has requested a technical report from Repsol Honda Team in order to assess the connection between the aforementioned cable being cut and the failure of Dani Pedrosa’s traction control.

MotoGP, 2013, GRAN PREMIO IVECO DE ARAGÓN, Repsol Honda Team

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