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PICTURES: Pedrosa crashes after contact with Simoncelli

Dani Pedrosa and Marco Simoncelli collide at Le Mans.
These pictures (see below for full sequence) show the controversial incident between Dani Pedrosa and Marco Simoncelli in Sunday's French MotoGP at Le Mans - which left Pedrosa with a broken collarbone and Simoncelli a ride-through penalty.

Pedrosa had just re-passed Simoncelli for second along the back straight and was on the inside line as they peeled into to the following left-right Esses.

Simoncelli then attempted to ride around the outside of Pedrosa and the pair made contact at the apex, Pedrosa striking the side of Simoncelli's bike, then falling.

Pedrosa, second in the championship, broke his right-collarbone while Simoncelli received a ride-through penalty, dropping him from second to fifth and thus ending his hopes of a debut MotoGP podium.



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Pedrosa, after crash, French MotoGP Race 2011
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Simoncelli, Pedrosa, French MotoGP Race 2011
Simoncelli, Pedrosa, French MotoGP Race 2011
Simoncelli, Pedrosa, French MotoGP Race 2011
Simoncelli, Pedrosa, French MotoGP Race 2011
Simoncelli, Pedrosa, French MotoGP Race 2011
Simoncelli, Pedrosa, French MotoGP Race 2011
Simoncelli, Pedrosa, French MotoGP Race 2011
Simoncelli, Pedrosa, French MotoGP Race 2011

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natscape - Unregistered

May 15, 2011 4:02 PM

When I saw the move in real time, I thought Simo's move was fine, later after looking closely, I think he ducked in and left Danni in a position that caused the crash. It's unfortunate, I like both riders, but you have to be a little safe out there and not jepordize other riders life and limb, which I think Simo did...deserved the penalty.



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