Malaysian MotoGP: No Pedrosa at Sepang

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After hoping to return this weekend for the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang, Dani Pedrosa has decided to not compete.

The Repsol Honda rider will continue his rehabilitation program, and plans to return at the following round in Phillip Island for the Australian Grand Prix.

This is bad news for Honda fans; Pedrosa is the only rider capable of catching Jorge Lorenzo in the 2010 Championship. With a result of ninth or better this weekend at Sepang, the Fiat Yamaha rider may possibly clench the title four races early.

Pedrosa said he would hold off until the final minute before this weekend’s MotoGP event in Sepang, but due to the severity of his injury, and the recovering time associated with it, Pedrosa has been forced opt out.

Pedrosa, who sustained a double fracture to his collarbone at Practice for the Motegi Grand Prix last Friday, underwent surgery Saturday at USP Dexeus clinic in Barcelona.

After being discharged from the clinic on Monday, Pedrosa immediately began functional rehabilitation, and his doctor, Xavier Mir, says Pedrosa is making positive progress.

A Repsol Honda release reads: “However, the condition of his collarbone, the bruises he suffered in the fall and the lack of strength in his left arm and shoulder have forced him to take the difficult decision of postponing his return to the competition. Now Dani will work hard to be ready for the Australian race.”

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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).