Dani Pedrosa Goes in for Shoulder Surgery – Questionable for Catalan GP Participation

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Dani Pedrosa seems fated to ride forever injured, having broken his right collarbone at the French GP during an incident with Marco Simoncelli. Coming off serious issues with his left shoulder, breaking that collarbone at the Motegi round last year, Pedrosa has to contend again with a performance limiting ailment, during what otherwise seemed to be a promising season. After contemplating his options for a few days and talking further with his doctors, Pedrosa decided to undergo surgery for his broken shoulder, having a titanium plate inserted to hold the fracture together.

Performing the operation were surgeons Dr. Joaquim Casañas and Dr. César García-Madrid, the same medical at the Teknon Medical Centre in Barcelona who removed the titanium plate from Pedrosa’s left shoulder just a month ago, after it was discovered it was compressing his subclavian artery. Pedrosa has been cleared to leave the hospital, and next week will begin passive rehabilitation, though his participation in the Catalan GP remains uncertain.

Good money would put Pedrosa as racing in front of his home crowd outside of Barcelona, but obviously Dani and the Repsol Honda team do not want to make any commitments this far away from the race. We can expect an announcement on whether or not he will race in the week before the GP.

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