Moto GP: Lorenzo crash lets in Pedrosa

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The Independent Online

The MotoGP season ended with a Dani Pedrosa win in Valencia after newly crowned world champion Jorge Lorenzo had crashed earlier in the race.

Lorenzo sealed the title in Australia last month and opted to start on slick tyres on a wet track. The Spaniard took the lead early on but dramatically crashed as he was trying to lap British rider James Ellison, weaving several times before being thrown into the air and landing on his head. He escaped without injury, but Pedrosa went on to win, with Katsuyuki Nakasuga second.

British rider Cal Crutchlow was set for a best-ever second-place finish, but he too crashed late on as Casey Stoner finished third in his last ever MotoGP race.