Dani Pedrosa went into the 2013 MotoGP season as many people's favourite for the title.
It was the Repsol Honda rider's eighth campaign in the premier class and with the experience amassed, his pre-season form and the sense that his luck was about to change, there was a sense of expectation that this year could be his...
Spain: Pedrosa's first win of the year
After a tricky start in Qatar that yielded a fourth place finish, Pedrosa followed it up with second place in Austin. He really hit his stride at Jerez, where he won the first European race of the year in front of a passionate home crowd.
France: Back-to-back wins
It looked like the floodgates had opened when Pedrosa took successive victories with his win at Le Mans, as he looked the take the challenge to defending World Champion Jorge Lorenzo and his own team-mate, rookie Marc Márquez.
Second places at Mugello and Montmeló asserted Pedrosa's hold on the Championship, and after six rounds he led the standings by seven points over Lorenzo. However, tougher times were to come...
Germany: Sitting it out
After a tough weekend in Assen saw Pedrosa finish fourth, he was forced to miss the German Grand Prix through injury after fracturing his collarbone in a crash in practice on the Saturday. The no-score was to prove crucial as the Championship took a swing in Márquez's favour with the youngster kicking off a four-race winning streak.
Indianapolis and Czech Republic: Keeping up
Pedrosa battled to fifth in Laguna Seca after his mishap in Germany, and then fought as hard as he could to keep Márquez in sight with second places at Indianapolis and Brno, but by the time the Championship left the Czech Republic Pedrosa was 26 points adrift of the leader.
Aragón: Pedrosa loses touch
Third places at Silverstone and Misano saw top spot slowly slip further out of sight, but a DNF at Aragón left Pedrosa almost 60 points off the lead of the Championship with just four rounds remaining.
Malaysia: Hope revived with a win
Victory at the next round in Malaysia gave Pedrosa renewed hope, but with his rivals Márquez and Lorenzo scoring well it was proving more and more improbably that Pedrosa would be able to overhaul the duo.
Podiums at the final three races delivered results, but with the form of both Márquez and Lorenzo it wasn't to be. Pedrosa eventually lost touch in Japan, where his mathematical chances of taking the crown were ended.