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Pedrosa out after miserable start in Misano

Dani Pedrosa suffers technical problems and is then taken out during the re-started first lap of the Misano MotoGP.
MotoGP title contender Dani Pedrosa is out of the San Marino Grand Prix after a series of incidents ended with the pole sitter being taken out on the opening lap at Misano.

All was going normally until Karel Abraham stalled his Ducati just moments before the red lights went out for the planned start – causing several riders to leave their grid places before spotting the stoppage.

Pedrosa's Repsol Honda team then struggled to remove the front tyre warmer for the restart - it is unclear if this was the symptom or cause of a locked front wheel - forcing Pedrosa's bike to be wheeled off the grid.

Although the tyre warmer/locked wheel then released, allowing Pedrosa's RC213V to be wheeled back in time to re-join the sighting lap, Pedrosa was still trying to fix some kind of problem as he rode to the grid.

Forced to start in last place, Pedrosa made swift progress through the initial turns - only to have his back wheel struck by Hector Barbera at the apex of a left hander, at the end of the first back straight, launching Pedrosa into a highside and his first non-score of the year.

Pramac Ducati rider Barbera was starting his first race since a training injury in July.

Pedrosa was seeking his third win in a row and had closed to within 13 point of Jorge Lorenzo, who now leads the race from Valentino Rossi and Stefan Bradl.

Cal Crutchlow, who qualified on the front row, crashed out on lap 5.

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Dino - Unregistered

September 16, 2012 1:42 PM

Seriously though, gods didn't want Pedrosa to finish the race today. First the issues in Abraham's bike which leads to confusion and the race lights mess up. They have to start the race again and Honda's crew JAM the tire warmer! They take it to the pit lane to solve the issue and now Pedrosa has to start from back of the grid with everything to do. Pedrosa takes out almost half a grid within half lap then due to a complete brainfa*t from Barbera he tries to put his bike into a small gap taking out Dani. I really feel for Dani, I remember him saying in an interview if he never wins a Championship in the Premier Class it was maybe 'he wasn't good enough'. What must be he going through..

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