MotoGP: Pedrosa Discharged From Clinic

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Two days after Dani Pedrosa underwent surgery on his broken collarbone, the Respol Honda rider was discharged from the USP Dexeus clinic in Barcelona. The Spaniard left the hospital at 10 a.m. Monday, and immediately started a rehabilitation program.

Pedrosa flew to Barcelona following his Friday crash at practice in Motegi for the Japanese Grand Prix, Round 14 of the 2010 MotoGP Championship. During the motorcycle accident, which is attributed to a stuck accelerator on his RC212V at Turn 7, Pedrosa went down on his left side, breaking his left collarbone. He was taken off the track on a stretcher, and after flying home, was admitted to the A& E department of the USP Dexeus in Barcelona at 10 a.m. Saturday.

A few hours later, Pedrosa underwent a successful operation on the “comminuted fracture (four fragments)” on his left collarbone. In the operation, doctors inserted a titanium plate with eight holes made especially for the collarbone, and a fixation of the intermediate fragments with two compression screws.

Two days after the operation, the Head of Hand Surgery Unit at USP Dexeus, Dr. Xavier Mir, discharged Pedrosa, saying Pedrosa was recovering as expected.

Dr. Xavier MIR says: “Forty-eight hours after operating on Dani Pedrosa’s fractured left collarbone, which we fixed using a titanium plate, the post-operation process is correct and yesterday he started to make small passive movements of his shoulder and elbow.”

“We have discharged him and today he will start active-passive rehabilitation with his trusted physiotherapist. We will meet again next Wednesday to treat him again and check how the injury is evolving.”

Today, Pedrosa will start “active-passive rehabilitation” under the supervision of his physiotherapist. On Wednesday, Oct. 6, Pedrosa will return to the clinic in Barcelona to visit Dr. Mir for the necessary treatment and to check how the injury is progressing after the operation.

Going into Motegi, Pedrosa was 56 points behind the series leader, Fiat Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo. After not competing in Sunday’s Japan MotoGP, Lorenzo extended the lead to 69 points after a fourth-place finish behind his teammate Valentino Rossi, second-place finisher Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) and race-winner Casey Stoner (Ducati Team).

The “mechanical error” on the RC212V is being blamed on human error rather than mechanical in European media, but no official report has been released. The European reports are blaming the error on the mechanic (s) that assembled Pedrosa’s Motegi Honda.