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Pedrosa Focused on MotoGP Return

2011 Catalunya MotoGP

The MotoGP Championship visits Spain a total of four times this year, the most of any country on the 2011 schedule.

The second of these four rounds occurs in 10-days time at Catalunya. And one rider is hoping to be fit in time for his home race, Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa.

Following a controversial crash at Le Mans MotoGP, Pedrosa underwent surgery last Wednesday on his right collarbone. The Spaniard immediately began rehabilitation, and is hoping to be fit for the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya June 3-5.

Pedrosa updated his fans on his latest blog post.

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC212V MotoGP) says: “It’s been a quiet few days since last week’s surgery. I was told I had to fully rest for a week so I’m staying at home following the doctor’s advice.

“From experience, I know I have to focus on recovering, the priority is to be back to fitness and recover as well as possible from the injury so I can ride again. Obviously it would be great if I could do that in Barcelona, but then again I can’t rush it.

“On Wednesday I’ll start working with physios and we’ll have to assess on a daily basis the injury and see how my collarbone improves day after day.”

“Having extra days at home allowed me to enjoy the Giro de Italia. I’m really into cycling and I really enjoyed the last few stages, which were really spectacular. However there were some bad news for cycling fans as Xavi Tondo passed away so my thoughts go to his family and friends at this very difficult time.”

Pedrosa’s Le Mans wreck came at Turn 9, when Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini) attempted to pass him on the outside. Pedrosa’s Honda RC212V hit the rear wheel of Simoncelli’s RC212V, and the Spaniard hit the ground hard on his left side. Simoncelli, who says he was sorry but did nothing wrong, was penalized for the incident, having to undergo a drive-through penalty.

Last year at Motegi MotoGP, Pedrosa broke his left collarbone in a one-man crash. He recently had further surgery on it, and has been once again competitive on the Repsol Honda.

With four of 17 MotoGP rounds completed, Pedrosa is currently in third place with 61 points, 17 behind the leader Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing).

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
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 Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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