Dani Pedrosa conceded he made a big mistake by remaining on the track at Aragon in the wet before crashing out with a few laps remaining.

The Repsol Honda rider had been lying in second place when he came off at T1, with team-mate Marc Marquez also going down a lap later as rain continued to fall at Aragon.

The pair passed up the chance of pulling into the pits to switch to their wet weather machines and ultimately gifted victory to Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo, who claimed his first win of the season at the Spanish venue.

Asked if it was a mistake not to pit, Pedrosa said: "Yes, of course." Pressed on why he chose not to, he added: "I don't know - because I didn't."

However, Pedrosa then elaborated somewhat and said he had paid the price for making the wrong choice.

"It is the rider on the track who knows the situation, but obviously it was my mistake but it's always hard to have a decision in that moment," he said.

"But there were four laps left and the lap times we were doing we still the same lap times more or less that we can do on the wets; I was thinking about how much time I would lose in the pits and I decided not to come in and crashed. Of course it was a mistake but we were already lapping the track in these conditions for seven or eight laps.

"These races are like this and we have to take the positives: I am okay after the crash and I could continue to race," he added.

"When I crashed I thought the bike was destroyed but the marshal said the engine was running so I went and picked up the bike and I could do one lap more.

"It is a little disappointing to have gone so far and not taken a good result, but these experiences are useful for learning and heading to the next race stronger."

Pedrosa remounted and went on to finish in 14th place, moving into second place in the championship by three points from Valentino Rossi, who crashed out earlier in the race.



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