Dani Pedrosa has apologised to his Repsol Honda team for the mistake that saw him crash out of the Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno, an unsatisfying end to an otherwise strong weekend.

The Spaniard had been the form man through the weekend, topping every dry session and starting the race from pole position, but just as he had snatched the lead from Jorge Lorenzo on lap three, he crashed into retirement.

A bitter blow for Pedrosa, who has been in impressive form since returning from injury, he admits the result is a setback for his momentum, not least because everything had been going to plan up to that point.

"It was a shame," he said. "I lost the front and I crashed, that was it! I was not even pushing so hard, I just took the lead and, well I may have tilted the bike too much, maybe the tyre was not warm enough, still I don't know. The problem is that I've wasted an important race that we had prepared for very well.

"I have to thank the team for the bike they gave me this weekend, it worked really well, and I will tell them I'm sorry for the mistake. It hurts because we were well prepared and finally the race was quite slow compared to the pace we did in practice sessions, but we cannot do anything, just think towards the next one and try to get back on top."