By Lisa Lewis

MotoGP Championship leader Dani Pedrosa scored second in last Sunday's Italian Grand Prix, regaining the position when rookie team-mate Marc Marquez crashed out late in the race.

Marquez's race day pace came after a difficult weekend marred by three practice accidents, including a massive Friday afternoon fall at the end of the Mugello main straight.

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In a post-race interview with Catalunya Radio, Pedrosa - who qualified on pole - claimed that Marquez's race day competitiveness was helped by access to his set-up data.

Spanish website reports that Pedrosa told his local station: "Marquez's race was surprising after falling so hard on Friday and Saturday, but we know that he copied our bike settings. His team were given all the information that we gathered on Saturday to improve traction and I guess then it is easier."

Data sharing last became an issue in the Honda garage back in 2008 when Pedrosa's manager Alberto Puig was embroiled in a war of words with then team-mate Nicky Hayden, telling at the time:

"Hayden may be bothered because now he can't access information and telemetry data from Dani's bike. With this information he was able to improve his riding, as he had all of Dani's references and now he can't use that any longer."

Pedrosa, Marquez and reigning title holder Jorge Lorenzo will be battling for home honour in next weekend's Catalan Grand Prix, the second of the four Spanish-based rounds.