Honda has confirmed that contact with Marc Marquez caused Dani Pedrosa's violent accident in the Aragon Grand Prix.
Pedrosa appeared to crash alone just moments after Honda teammate Marquez had run wide in a bid to pass him for second. But it then emerged that light contact between the pair had damaged a cable in Pedrosa's traction control system, leading to the high-side on the exit of the corner.
"I went a little wide under braking, lifted the bike up and made light contact with him," said Marquez. "I'm not sure he even noticed it, but it was a bit of bad luck because the team told me I caused his traction control cable to snap and I'm sorry for that – it's something very unusual to see."
MotoGP race direction is currently investigating the incident.
Pedrosa escaped serious injury in the crash, but is now 59 points behind Marquez, who went on to win the race, in the standings with four rounds to go.
"I took a heavy knock to my hip and my groin area, but I was able to escape relatively unhurt from what was a big crash," said Pedrosa. "Marc went in too wide on the corner entry, clipped me from the outside and I went flying when I got on the gas."