The 2010 MotoGP title fight has effectively ended after Dani Pedrosa, the only rider still capable of beating Jorge Lorenzo, suffered a "3-fragment fracture to the left collarbone" after crashing just six minutes into Friday practice at Motegi.

Pedrosa is already 56 points behind Fiat Yamaha rider Lorenzo with five rounds (125 points) to go.

The Repsol Honda rider's injury means he will almost certainly miss the next three races, which take place in three successive weekends starting this Sunday.

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