When the 2010 MotoGP Championship was dwindling down, Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa was the only rider able to take the title from Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo.
The reason: breaking his left collarbone during a wreck at Motegi MotoGP. Dani Pedrosa was coming off a string of four podium finishes that included two wins, but the Motegi wreck kept him from starting that race and the subsequent two.
And just when he was discovering comfortable speeds in 2011 MotoGP, the controversial crash with Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini) occurred at Le Mans. During the wreck, he broke his right collarbone, and was forced to miss Catalunya and this weekend’s Silverstone Grand Prix.
Now Pedrosa is saying he missed his shot at yet another MotoGP title. The 25-year-old Spaniard recently spoke to MotoGP regarding his current status.
Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC212V MotoGP) says: "Unfortunately I missed the Barcelona race and that is a pity. It’s a special race which I expected a lot from but I just couldn’t be there. But then I’m happy for the encouraging messages I have received from the fans, they have missed me and I’ve noticed their appreciation and I like it.
"I’m trying to recover as fast as I can, obviously it’s not the fastest recovery I’ve had. I have to stay calm for a while. I’m feeling better now but unable to race, it’s a pity but I have to try to recover. We have to take it week by week.
"I’ve missed the chance of a title – I had a really good package and the bike was working so well. I felt good both physically and with the bike was getting good results, a good start to the season. What happened to me is beyond my control. HRC and Repsol still believe in me and support me, I hope I can use the power from the fans and support from Repsol to get back soon to racing."
Pedrosa than talked about the action of MotoGP Race Direction following the Simoncelli incident at Le Mans.
Dani Pedrosa says: "I would have acted differently than the Race Direction did. In my opinion, I would have nipped it in the bud from the beginning. I would have made a severe decision to make sure these things can’t happen any more, but they decide for us. My situation is that someone threw my championship away, and it’s hard to swallow but something I have to accept."