Repsol Honda's Nicky Hayden has told Dani Pedrosa to make up for his error in the Portuguese Grand Prix by helping him win the MotoGP world title.
Pedrosa's error could prove costly for Hayden (right)
Hayden's title hopes were rocked when team-mate Pedrosa swept him off the track, letting Valentino Rossi go top of the standings with one race left.
"I don't know what to say really - it just hurts," said Hayden afterwards.
"There's a way to make it up to me. If we run one-two in Valencia then the championship's still possible."
Rookie Pedrosa, who broke a finger in the crash, was full of apologies after his disastrous blunder, which happened on the fifth lap of Sunday's race as he tried to move up from fourth to third.
"What can I say? I made a mistake and I'm really sorry," he said.
"It's the first time I've hit another rider in my career - it's never happened before in practice or racing in six years and it's happened at the worst moment that I could do it.
"I said sorry to Nicky and I can understand that he is very upset - I wish I could change it.
"I didn't want to pass him at that moment. I couldn't stop the bike and there was nowhere to go."