Friday practice for the Australian MotoGP came to an early conclusion for Dani Pedrosa
when an engine mounting bolt came loose on his RCV.
The bolt - which had not been properly locked - was clearly visible as it hung out of the left side of the bike, with Pedrosa alerted to the issue as he tipped into the turn two shortly after leaving the pits inside the final ten minutes.
“A bolt from the bike came off, an engine mounting bolt,” said Pedrosa, speaking in the Phillip Island paddock.
“I left the pits and on the first lap I heard a sound and I thought that something was wrong.
“When I saw the bolt coming out of the bike I immediately stopped the bike. I couldn't use the whole practice time which was a bit negative, but I was lucky to avoid a crash, so that was positive.”
After the incident, Pedrosa was bumped from second to third in the afternoon session by Gresini Honda's Alvaro Bautista. In terms of overall times, Pedrosa was fourth quickest, 0.5s from Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo.
“Tomorrow we will try and choose the right tyres, with the new asphalt nobody knows, and look for a faster lap time and more rhythm.”
Pedrosa's title leading team-mate Marc Marquez fell in the afternoon, but was second quickest courtesy of his morning time.