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Of course Crutchlow would certainly have caught AND passed Pedrosa with another couple of laps. Over the last 5 laps he was lapping .5 - .8s a lap faster. As Dani himself admits, his front tyre was shot by that stage and he wouldn't have been able to hold on. From lap 19 onwards, all of Pedrosa's laps were in the 1.49's while Crutchlow's were all in the 1.48's, and over those laps he reduced a gap of over 4 seconds to under 1. #35 was also lapping marginally faster than Marquez just prior to his crash.
Claiming that Crutchlow would never have passed Pedrosa simply flies in the face of all available race data, and contradicts what everybody could see happening on track.