We have some good news to report for grand prix racing fans, as Dani Pedrosa has been cleared to ride by MotoGP’s medical team, and thus can compete in the Grand Prix of the Americas, held this weekend in Austin, Texas.
Breaking his wrist in a crash with Johann Zarco, Pedrosa had surgery on the broken bones over a week ago, at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus in Spain.
Though the surgery was deemed a success, there was still some debate as to whether Pedrosa would compete at the American round, but with today’s announcement from Repsol Honda and MotoGP, we will have a full contingent of Honda’s at the Americas GP.
“Since the operation, I started feeling a bit better every day,” said Pedrosa. “I’ve been doing exercises to gain mobility and reduce the inflammation. Little by little I’m recovering muscle tone, and this allows me to see some progress.”
“From here it’s difficult to know our real possibilities. We’re going to a difficult track and until I’m back on my bike I won’t be able to really know my situation. But what’s clear to me at this moment is that it’s well worth it to travel and try.”
“An important part of my strength to go to Austin comes from your messages of support, so thank you very much to all of you.”
The addition of Dani Pedrosa to the rider lineup at COTA should be welcomed by fans, as the Spaniard has been on the Texan track’s podium in three of the race’s past five runnings.
While the good money has always been on a race-win from Marc Marquez, his teammate as often been his biggest competition in Austin.
Having Pedrosa in Austin only bodes well for the show, that is of course assuming that the Honda rider’s wrist is up to the task.
Source: Repsol Honda