Motorcycle Racing News MotoGP: Pedrosa, Shoulder Operation #2

MotoGP: Pedrosa, Shoulder Operation #2

Pedrosa MotoGP Crash Update

While MotoGP’s Dani Pedrosa was recovering from his initial operation on the right collarbone he fractured in Le Mans, a small fragment of bone had dislodged, causing the need for another surgery.

And on Thursday, the Repsol Honda rider underwent the second successful operation at the USP Institut Universitari Dexeus by Dr. Xavier Mir, Chief of the Pathology Unit of the Hand of Dexeus USP, and Dr. Cesar Garcia Madrid, vascular specialist of the Institute Planell at Teknon Medical Center.

Dr. Mir says: “We believe the surgery was successful as we were able to fix the fragment of bone of his collarbone in a very stable way and because of this we are confident that in 48 hours it will be possible to begin rehabilitation of his right shoulder.”

Due to additional recovery, Pedrosa is now questionable for the Dutch Grand Prix in Assen next weekend. The Spaniard had already missed the last two MotoGP rounds in Silverstone and Catalunya.

Pedrosa’s Le Mans MotoGP crash came at Turn 9, when Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini) attempted to pass him on the outside. Pedrosa’s bike hit the rear wheel of Simoncelli’s RC212V, and he 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.

Following the MotoGP wreck, Pedrosa was admitted to the Clinica Teknon, where X-Rays showed he fractured his right collarbone. Pedrosa then returned home to Barcelona and had additional test completed by his doctors. Further medical tests confirmed a clean break of the right collarbone.

With six of 18 rounds in the 2011 MotoGP Championship complete, Pedrosa is in fifth with 61 points, 55 behind his teammate and current leader, Casey Stoner. On a recent blog post, Pedrosa said he had no shot at this year’s title; read the report here.

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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