MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa Injury Update

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After breaking his collarbone at Motegi, Dani Pedrosa missed three races, and returned at the penultimate round of the 2010 MotoGP Championship.

But instead of his usual podium finish, the Repsol Honda rider could only place his RC212V in seventh at that MotoGP round, and then eight at the final round.

The Spaniard’s lack of performance came from numbness and lack of strength in his shoulder and left arm, and this weekend Pedrosa visited the doctors to find a resolution.

Dani Pedrosa says: “I’ve been suffering a lot since Japan and I knew something was wrong with my arm because after the surgery I didn’t get better. This lack of strength was very strange and annoying!”

“I was worried because after Estoril we checked the collarbone again and it looked like there was nothing wrong with the plate, but we had no more time between races to check more deeply the reasons f or my lack of strength.”

“I have had other injuries and surgery in the past and I know that you need some time to recover and get fit again, but this time it was taking too long. Now everything is clear and it’s good to know that the collarbone is OK and I don’t need any more surgery that would take a long time to heal.”

“I hope that within these four weeks the inflammation passes gradually and that I will be able to start rehabilitation and training in the middle of December. We had a good test in Valencia after the final race and I want to start the winter tests in February in Malaysia in a good shape in order to be ready for next year’s championship.”

After meeting with Doctor Xavier Mir at the Dexeus University Institute Hospital in Barcelona this past week, Pedrosa underwent two days of testing, including a CAT scan, an MRI scan, electromyography and Eco-Doppler tests.

After the tests were complete, Dr. Mir ruled out surgery for Pedrosa, but recommended a rehabilitation plan to Pedrosa, who will begin physical training in order to regain fitness for the MotoGP tests in Sepang, Malaysia, , Feb. 1-3.

Doctor Xavier Mir says: “Due to the trauma caused by the crash in Japan where Dani broke his left collarbone and needed surgery to fix the bone with a titanium plate, the nerve located over the collarbone, between the neck and the shoulder, received a severe contusion and the heavy inflammation of this area causes fatigue and lack of strength all through the arm. He will need a period of four weeks of complete rest with physiotherapy and anti-inflammatory treatment.”

Although Pedrosa suffered from the pain due to his injuries, he was still able to maintain second position in the 2010 MotoGP Championship, keeping the spot from Fiat Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi. For 2011 MotoGP, Pedrosa will be joined on the Repsol Honda team by Andrea Dovisioso and Casey Stoner.