The crash was the result of an on-track battle for 2nd place against Gresini Honda's Marco Simoncelli. After fighting for position for more than two thirds of the race, the former passed the latter for 2nd place, but the Italian didn't let go and tried to overtake the Honda works rider immediately.
While on the outside of the corner, Simoncelli moved across the Spaniard and caused him to crash. The Italian managed however to maintain control of his bike and remain in 2nd place, but was served a drivethrough penalty shortly after, that demoted him to 5th place overall.
For Pedrosa however, things turned ugly when he was diagnosed with a broken collarbone following preliminary medical checks in the Le Mans complex. Up until this point however, it's not certain how serious the injury is.
“Simoncelli overtook me, I passed him back and I had the better line, he just came into me releasing the brakes and I could do nothing. I leave here with a broken collarbone and he with a ride-through penalty, good for him! Yet again I come out worse off,” burst Pedrosa after the race.
The next MotoGP race is scheduled 3 weeks from now, in Catalunya, leaving Pedrosa with a decent amount of time to address his collarbone problems.