MotoGP: Pedrosa Begins Rehabilitation
Following Jerez MotoGP, Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa underwent successful surgery to fix “intermittent compression of the subclavian artery,” which caused the numbness and lack of strength in the Spaniard’s left arm.
Pedrosa had the operation on April 5 at the Teknon Medical Centre, where doctors decompressed the left subclavian artery. Repsol Honda says “the doctors who performed the intervention verified that the wound is healing properly with no infection, and expect to remove the stitches next week.”
On Tuesday, five days after the surgery, Pedrosa began the first stage of “passive exercises” of the left shoulder. He is hoping to be in full strenght for Round 3 of the 2011 MotoGP Championship at Estoril, Portugal, on May 1.
Pedrosa began having issues with his shoulder after he sustained a double fracture to his left collarbone after a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix in Motegi last season. He underwent surgery, having a plate and screws inserted.
He missed the subsequent three races, returning for the final two 2010 MotoGP rounds. This year, Pedrosa is part of the only three-man team in MotoGP; the Repsol Honda team features Pedrosa, Casey Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso.
Pedrosa, who is celebrating his 10th year in World Championship racing, finished third at the opening round in Qatar, and second at Jerez. During both races, Pedrosa suffered from numbness and lack of strenght in his left arm. In the overall standings, Pedrosa is currently second with 36 points, nine behind Factory Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo.