After missing Round 5 of the 2011 MotoGP Championship this past weekend in Catalunya, Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa is forced to also sit out Round 6 in Silverstone this weekend.
Pedrosa will miss the race due to breaking his shoulder in the controversial Le Mans crash involving San Carlo Gresini Honda’s Marco Simoncelli.
Following the Le Mans MotoGP Crash, the Spaniard "has had a plate and screws attached which are much smaller than the common ones used, hoping to reduce the chance of further vascular problems he endured after the left shoulder surgery in October last year, which forced Pedrosa to remove the screws and plate before the Estoril GP."
Repsol Honda MotoGP says: "With such a small plate and screws, recovery time is not as rapid as similar surgeries and to avoid any further complications, Pedrosa has decided with doctors recommendations to postpone his comeback until he is 100% fit.
Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda MotoGP) says: "After dedicating some time entirely to recover, I have decided not to take part in the British Grand Prix this week. I’ve done everything I could to be fit in time for Silverstone, but the conditions are not right to return to compete with guarantees.
"I need to feel 100-percent fit before I get on the bike again and to be sure I can fight for the victory, I don’t want to go out there just to do laps. I’ve raced many times with pain and the experience tells me I’m still not ready to be competitive.
"I’ve decided not to take further risks and will instead continue my recovery process so I may return in the best possible way.
"It’s time for me to be logical and not only follow what my heart says, or my desire to return. I want to return as soon as possible, but I want to do it when I have ability to fight to win. It’s not the time yet."
Heading into Silverstone, Round 6 of 18, Pedrosa is fourth in the 2011 MotoGP Championship with 61 points, 37 behind leader Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing).