Motorcycle Racing News Dani Pedrosa to Miss Catalunya MotoGP

Dani Pedrosa to Miss Catalunya MotoGP

2011 MotoGP

On Tuesday, Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa blogged that he would do whatever it took to compete at Catalunya MotoGP this weekend.

But on Wednesday, Repsol MotoGP reported that the Spaniard will not partake in Round five of the 2011 MotoGP Champion this weekend, which was another home race for Pedrosa.

Pedrosa will miss the MotoGP round to further recover from his injury sustained during a controversial crash involving San Carlo Gresini Honda’s Marco Simoncelli.During the wreck, Pedrosa broke his right collarbone, and had surgery a few days following Le Mans MotoGP.

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC212V) says: "After France, I had surgery to stabilize the fracture on my right collarbone and hoped to be ready for Barcelona. I pushed myself as best as I could but I feel that my collarbone is not yet ready.

"I think I must stop for a while and recover properly. Since early this year I’ve had many problems and operations and I really believe I must stop now and let this heal properly. I would love to be in Montmeló with all the fans that follow me but for me if I’m on track, I’m there to fight for victory and offer them a good race. I feel that is not possible at the moment and therefore the most sensible thing is not to compete.

"It is a big shame what happened. Despite all the problems I had earlier in the season, this year I felt very strong and I was aware that I could beat my opponents. I want to say thank you to you all for your support and hope to be back in full shape as soon as possible to continue giving my best."

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. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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