Dani Pedrosa Injury
For the third time in five years, Dani Pedrosa suffered another collarbone injury. During the second free practice Friday for Motegi MotoGP, the 31-year-old Spaniard crashed on his out-lap at turn 11.
He was thrown off his Repsol Honda RC213V, and hit the pavement hard. Pedrosa was taken to the circuit’s medical center, where he was diagnosed with a fractured right collarbone. Pedrosa broke that same collarbone during the 2011 French Grand Prix, and he was forced to miss that round and three additional ones.
Pedrosa will return to Spain where he will undergo surgery. Pedrosa will miss this weekend’s Japan Grand Prix, and possibly the rest the subsequent two rounds in Australia and Malaysia, considering MotoGP is on for three-straight weeks. Replacing Pedorsa at Motegi is Honda test rider Hiroshi Aoyama.
"I’m obviously very sad about what happened, as I was looking forward to racing in Japan at Honda’s home circuit and one of my favorite tracks. I was on the out-lap of my last run in FP2 when I momentarily lost the rear entering turn 11, and when the tire found grip again it launched me in the air,” Pedrosa says.
“There’s not much more to say; now I just want to focus on recovering in order to get back on my bike as soon as possible. My best wishes to Hiro [Aoyama], who is replacing me and will race in front of his home crowd."
Besides breaking his right collarbone in 2011 and again at Motegi, Pedrosa also broke his left collarbone at the 2013 German Grand Prix.
When Friday’s free practice wrapped up, the reigning MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) lead the way ahead of Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso and Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Maverick Vinales.
Photo by Luciano Bianchetto