Australian heartbreak for Pedrosa as title slips away

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Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa suffered heartbreak at today’s race in Phillip Island as a crash in the early stages of the race put him out of title contention.

Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team
Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

Photo by: Repsol Media

Pedrosa crashed out on the second lap in a race he was pushing to win, despite the incredible domination his teammate Casey showed throughout the weekend. The Spaniard had taken the lead on the first lap, overtaking Jorge Lorenzo in Turn 4, and in that same turn, a lap later, he lost the front and his race and title hopes were over.

Dani Pedrosa

"It's a sad feeling more than disappointment; I pushed as hard as I could; I did what I had to do and I have no regrets for my riding, especially this season. I feel very proud of my team and of my performance throughout the year. I think after what happened in Misano, we showed a very good attitude, skill and power. So, there is some sadness because we've been closer than ever to take the title, but also proud for all we achieved. Concerning the crash, it was nothing strange; I just went wider on the corner, I had some chatter and lost the front; maybe the tyre was not warm enough as well, but it's like it is. Congratulations to Casey for his sixth win at his home Grand Prix and to Lorenzo because he deserved the championship, as well as Marc Márquez in Moto2.”

Source: Repsol Honda Team

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Tags honda, motogp, pedrosa, phillip island, repsol