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MotoGP Malaysia: Pedrosa perplexed after crashing twice at Sepang

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa blows chance of finishing second in MotoGP World Championship after crasing twice at Sepang
Dani Pedrosa was at a loss to explain his two crashes during the Malaysian MotoGP, which ended his hopes of finishing second in the championship standings.

Pedrosa was holding second place when he came off on lap two but remounted and had climbed to 11th place when the Repsol Honda rider fell for a second time.

“Basically in the first one I didn't understand what I did wrong, it was the second lap and I wasn't really pushing,” Pedrosa said.

“When Lorenzo passed me I was sat behind him; I went into the turn and boom, I lost the front. I couldn't understand but I picked up the bike and restarted the race slowly, because I couldn't know what I did wrong – if it was the line, the track or the tyre.

“Then I started to increase the pace and I was riding well, but again the same [crash] with I don't know how many laps to go.

“We checked the data and it says the same, I was not pushing on the limit and I have the same fall. After the second crash I clearly understood that I did nothing wrong,” added Pedrosa, a winner at Sepang in 2012 and 2013.

“It's very strange and something must have went wrong and that's it unfortunately. I say sorry to my team because we had a super chance to win the race.”

Pedrosa said change in the track characteristics may have been to blame but nonetheless remains perplexed.

“Maybe the track was different but normally I have a good feeling and I can feel when I'm on the limit, so you go a little bit more slow, but this time everything was nice,” he said.

“Sure, the track might count because the lap times in the race were much slower than practice and also in the practice I never had any issue but in the race, two times.”

Tagged as: Lorenzo , Dani Pedrosa

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October 26, 2014 12:40 PM

The problem for you guys calling for Dani to retire is there is nobody to replace him. At the present time Dani is one of the top four riders in the world. Period. That's a fact, accept it. Does anyone really think Redding. Esparago(take your pick) Smith, Crutchlow et al. can ride at that level? Apart from the top four, Dovi is the next best rider and he had his shot with Honda and he couldn't match Pedrosa on any Sunday. Instead of calling for Pedrosa's head, maybe we need to take a look at some of the other riders to retire and bring some new young guys into the series. Hayden is well past his due date, Abraham, Crutchlow, Smith..None of these guys are capable of winning a GP, and Dani is!


October 26, 2014 1:53 PM

@Sete I've never asked Dani to retire. It would be stupid to come up with such a request considering that Dani's still one of the best in the field. When I argue he's had the worst second part of the season in his entire MotoGP career I just have a look at the statistics. It doesn't mean that I write him off. Only a foul wouldn't notice that for the last four years he's arguably had the best of the best as team mates. And yet he won races against this incredible riders. What Dani needs is an energy boost and some good luck. And some reasonable fans.

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