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Day to forget for Repsol Honda at Phillip Island

Day to forget for Repsol Honda at Phillip Island

A double DNF at the Tissot Australian Grand Prix, after Dani Pedrosa was collided into and Marc Marquez crashed while leading, made it a difficult day for Repsol Honda at Phillip Island on Sunday.

It has been a roller coaster week for the Repsol Honda Team, after clinching the World Championship last weekend in Japan, things did not go according to plan in Australia.

Pedrosa struggled off the line, getting caught behind several riders and was squeezed down to ninth place by lap five. Lap seven saw Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) collide with the rear of Pedrosa’s Honda at Turn 4, deforming the rear wheel rim and forcing a retirement.

Marquez, meanwhile, had fought past Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) to lead comfortably. With a four second lead and ten laps to go, the double MotoGP™ World Champion lost the front entering Lukey Heights.

Portugal 2010 was the last time that the Repsol Honda Team experienced a double DNF. They now move on to Malaysia for the final race of the three ‘flyaways’ next weekned.

Pedrosa lost points in the race for second place in the Championship and now lies in fourth place with 230 points, with Rossi on 255 and Lorenzo on 247.

Marquez commented, “Today, because I had no pressure on me, I tried a different approach pushing hard from the start to try to open the largest gap possible. We were having a good race, right up until the crash. It was a pity that I went down at a time that I was not riding on the limit or faster than the lap before. It was a race where there were many crashes, and almost all happened the same way, the front wheel locking up. The temperatures were down a lot, something that was also a factor today.”

Pedrosa lamented, “We had no luck today. I didn't get a good start, I lost a lot on the opening two laps and I ended up in a position in which I was left exposed to what happened afterwards. When you are riding amongst so many riders in this part of the field there are always incidents, and today it happened to me. Fortunately I didn't crash, but the bike was damaged and I couldn't continue.”

MotoGP, 2014, TISSOT AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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