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Pedrosa talks Misano nightmare

"It's was total chaos and many things happened at the same time" - Dani Pedrosa.
Dani Pedrosa and Repsol Honda have explained the chaotic chain of events that ended with the MotoGP title contender being knocked off on the opening lap of the restarted Misano race.

All was going to plan for Pedrosa as he waited in pole position for the red lights to disappear, but a problem for Karel Abraham forced the start to be abandoned at the last moment.

When Pedrosa's crew then went to remove his front tyre warmer for the restart they found that the wheel was locked solid - and his bike was removed from the grid to be worked on.

Mechanics quickly resolved the brake issue and Pedrosa's bike was returned to the grid - before any rider had left to start the sighting lap.

But Pedrosa was forced to start from last place on the grid - the reason given at the time being that "his engine was started from the pit lane".

However Pedrosa's bike was clearly started after it had been pushed back onto the grid. Repsol Honda later explained that the grid penalty was due to the brake issue being "resolved after the permitted time".

Pedrosa shook his head and pointed down at his bike as he began the sighting lap, suggesting further problems, and dropped behind the safety car on his way to the grid.

But once the race got underway Pedrosa's bike seemed to be in full working order as he carved his way forwards from 21st - and was inside the top ten in the space of a few corners.

It all counted for nothing when he was hit from behind by Hector Barbera at turn six, pitching Pedrosa into a highside and his first non-score of the year (see below for further pictures).

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True Champ 2012 - Unregistered

September 16, 2012 6:08 PM

Clearly some unseen force doesn't want him to be a champion. But the way you reacted after the disaster really speaks volume of how good a person he is, still not giving up, didn't ignite up like JLo in Assen and like him demanded a race ban for Barbera. You're not only good enough to be a MotoGP champion, but also good enough to be the champion of our hearts.

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