PEDROSA’S WORST YEAR
Valencia marked the end to a challenging season for Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, and it didn’t get any easier for the diminutive Spaniard as he returned from the injuries he sustained in Japan.
Crashing out in the early stages of Sunday’s race, Pedrosa finished the year in just sixth place – his worst championship standing in ten years of racing in the premier class.
“It’s a shame about the crash,” he said after the race.
“I started well and was taking things calmly since I didn’t feel perfectly comfortable with the tyres. Unfortunately, after just a few laps, on the entrance to Turn 2, without pushing, the rear stepped out, and at the same time I also lost the front and couldn’t avoid the crash. I don’t know what went wrong because I wasn’t riding at the limit.
“It was a pity not to finish the race. We’ve come to the end of a difficult year, but we’ll try our best to do better next season.”
While his final standing may have been disappointing, Pedrosa’s Misano victory meant he was at least able to continue his record of winning at least one race in every Grand Prix season since 2002.
Pedrosa was back from injury only to crash again at his home round