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MotoGP Misano: Pedrosa slams startline 'chaos'

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa has slammed the startline chaos that contributed to his early exit from the Misano race, saying he is just as annoyed with the mistakes of race direction as he is with Hector Barbera for nerfing him off halfway around the opening lap.

Pedrosa's bike was removed from the grid after a problem with the front brake but then put back on in time for the start. However, he slipped behind the safety car on the warm-up lap and had to start from the back of the grid which meant carving his way through the CRT bikes and slower prototypes.

"It was total chaos and many things happened at the same time. It all began with the restart because the procedure was not at all clear. Nobody knew if it was one minute, three minutes, warmers on or off… We were also getting different information about the number of laps, 26, 27… Then suddenly we were told it was one minute to the start of the race, with no board signage, nothing," said Pedrosa.


"In the rush a mechanic touched the electronics, so for half a lap I was really slow, I couldn't get on the gas on the bike. I settle down on one straight after thinking I might pit in for the second bike but and see the pitlane mode was on so then it was OK. I overtook the safety car but when I went back to the grid they showed me I have to go for last.

"I tried to re-set my mind, cool down a little bit and focus. The race start, I try not to make any mistake in the first turns with the CRT, I could go faster but sometimes they don't match our speed so I try to take care of me and of them. I get a good line and some good moves and by turn six, I pass already Barbera, which was the first MotoGP bike.

"I was around ninth or eighth, I pass him in the exit so I was clearly ahead on the straight and then I pass De Duniet on the brakes and then when I was going into the next corner he (Barbera) hit me. Everybody make mistakes but I don't know what he was thinking. He is not fully fit, this was more or less his position for the race.

The tiny Spaniard called for a more hard and fast rule on startline procedure, saying that TV is controlling schedules too much.

"Not even the IRTA guys seemed to know what was going on, it was all in a rush just because of TV. Nobody knew what was happening. We try to understand with the IRTA guys. I always complain there is not strict rules with things. It was not a clear situation, I am sure race direction had a big rush for TV to get it live as usual and then everybody was in a hurry."

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