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Damian Cudlin crashes out in his MotoGP debut

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Damian Cudlin's MotoGP debut ended in the gravel at Motegi, Japan for round 14 of the championship.

Cudlin who was drafted into the Pramac Racing Ducati team to fill in for the injured Loris Capirossi was sitting in twelfth position until lap thirteen when a small mistake in a late braking saw him lose the front, sending him into the gravel.

Despite the error a good weekend for the Australian who has quickly learned the new bike and the track. It should also be noted that both regular riders Capirossi and Randy De Puniet have had similar crashes through the year.

"I made a good start, I felt good and thought I could overtake in the first lap both Colin and Randy, but I didn't want to create accidents that would not be something very smart as a rookie." Cudlin said.

"As time went on I got more and more feeling with the bike and managed to achieve and maintain the pace with Akiyoshi. I was planning to stay with him until the end, then try to overtake him in the last few laps, but in a tight left corner I braked too late and lost the front finding my self off track.

I am very sorry for how it ended this weekend, before today I had fallen only once in the other categories that I have raced this year, and to conclude this experience like this leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I hope to have similar opportunities in the near future to be able to improve. However, I thank the Pramac Racing Team that has allowed me to live this wonderful experience."

Pramac Racing Technical Director, Fabiano Sterlacchini, added, "Cudlin was doing a good race, being his debut on a MotoGP bike, but just as he was monitoring the situation to then fight for the eleventh position in the last few laps, he felt for a late braking a bit over the limit. However thanks to him, he has worked very well throughout the weekend."

Despite the abrupt end to his weekend, Cudlin performed well all weekend and improved each session, which was his main aim for the weekend.

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