Dani Pedrosa has congratulated countryman Jorge Lorenzo on becoming Spain's first 500cc/MotoGp champion since Alex Criville in 1999.

Pedrosa was the only rider that could mathematically prevent Lorenzo winning the 2010 crown.

But his slim hopes effectively ended when he broke his collarbone last weekend in Japan, after a throttle problem in practice.

"I think it's very good for Spain to have another world champion in the top class after Alex Crivill?'s first title back in 1999. That was a long time ago... too long. So I'd like to say congratulations to Lorenzo today," said the Repsol Honda rider, speaking from his home.

"He rode very well this year right from the beginning of the season and made very few mistakes - so he deserves the title.

"Of course, I would like to have been there today to try and keep the championship alive for a bit longer - even if we only had a very small chance of catching him. But it wasn't to be."

Pedrosa, who has won four races this year compared with seven for Lorenzo, is aiming to return to action next weekend in Australia.

"My recovery and physiotherapy after the operation is continuing to go well, and I hope to feel good enough for Australia and to get back to the level we achieved recently for the last races of the season," he said.

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