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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

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