After a DNS at the Motegi Grand Prix due to a broken collarbone sustained during Friday practice last week, Dani Pedrosa missed out on some important points. And based on the performance of his teammate Andrea Dovizioso who finished second after starting from the pole, Pedrosa’s Repsol Honda RC212V may have possibly helped to rob the 2010 MotoGP Championship from series leader Jorge Lorenzo.
But with four rounds left, the 24-year-old Spaniard trails Lorenzo by 69 points, and will do whatever possible to compete in the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang this weekend, the second of back-to-back races including last weekend’s Motegi and the following week’s Phillip Island meet.
He admits his realistic goal is to return at Phillip Island, but is hoping to compete at Sepang.
Dani Pedrosa says: “I am still very stiff in my neck and across the back of my shoulders, so the target is to get back to racing in Australia. There is a very small possibility of going to Malaysia, but the realistic target is Australia. I had another check-up today and it shows clearly that the plate on my collarbone is very well fixed and the progress has been good after the operation.”
“My condition has improved over the last two days and I’m doing passive rehabilitation with my physiotherapist at the moment. I am still not able to move the arm by myself but with massage it’s getting better. It’s a real pity that this happened when we had such a lot of momentum with our results, but we simply have to deal with it.”
Pedrosa is making positive progress since his surgery in Barcelona on Saturday. After being discharged from the clinic on Monday, Pedrosa immediately began functional rehabilitation, and his doctor, Xavier Mir, says Pedrosa is making positive progress.
Again, Pedrosa’s biggest goal is to return to MotoGP action at Phillip Island, but hopes to compete this weekend in Sepang. If he does compete in Malaysia, he could possible slow the progress of Lorenzo as the Fiat Yamaha M1 rider chases his debut title in the premier class.
Without any competition from Pedrosa, and if he has his usual great finishes (12 podiums out of 14 races including seven wins), Lorenzo could possibly clinch the championship four races before the end of the 18-race MotoGP season. Pedrosa is the only rider possible of catching Lorenzo, but things are looking very doubtful.