Update on Dani Pedrosa’s Shoulder Condition

03/23/2011 @ 5:24 pm, by Jensen Beeler5 COMMENTS

Leading into the Qatar GP the talk was all about Repsol Honda, namely the blistering fast paces of Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa, who seemed to be on a different level from everyone else, even teammate Andrea Dovizioso. However after seeing Pedrosa’s race performance be hampered by a lingering shoulder injury that, which was causing his arm to go numb and lose strength during the race, question marks began to develop over whether the Spaniard would be able to fight for the Championship like he did last season.

Responding to these worries, Repsol Honda has released a press release that talks more about Pedrosa’s shoulder condition, which was questionable at the end of the Qatar GP. After returning from Doha, medical checks performed on Pedrosa confirmed that his shoulder was not 100%, but was only suffering from a small stretch in the plexus, which is gradually improving, but will need more time to finish healing completely.

Pedrosa passed a three-dimensional CAT scan with contrast and MRI, and was noticeably worried about his condition in Qatar. Talking after his exam, the Spanish rider said, “I honestly didn’t expect my arm would react in this way because during pre-season I didn’t feel too much trouble and I thought the problem was solved. However, I felt really bad in the Qatar race and was aware that the injury is not completely healed.”

“It was a shame because in Qatar I had a good feeling and until the second half of the race – which is when the pain started – I was really strong and I saw a realistic chance of winning,” continued Pedrosa. “I would be lying if I said I’m not disappointed because this year the bike is working very well and physically I feel good, but unfortunately this complication has arisen and I have nothing else to do but give my best until the injury heals completely.”

While Pedrosa had some indications his arm was not fully-fit at Sepang, his condition never presented itself at Qatar until the race. Noticeably falling down the time sheet from about mid-race on, Pedrosa’s injury will still bring questions of his fitness at Jerez. However hopefully with more time to recuperate and work on his physical fitness, we won’t see the Spaniard nearly collapsing post race in Parc Ferme.

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  • Spytech

    I wish pedrosa a speedy recovery and hope he gets back to full race fitness quickly. he looks like he can give stoner a fight, i simply do not want another runaway 2007 season. the race this past weekend was fun, id like to see more racing like that. i hope to see vale up there in 2 – 3 race time; that way we can have a 4 way fight. i wish ben spies had the same pace at the guys rolling up front, but i dont think he is up there yet, at least not at this track.

  • Keith

    having a dinged shoulder I can sympathize. Months with no trouble then…could somebody PLEASE heat me in the head with a freight train so the pain goes away? numbness, feeling the radial and ulnar nerves on fire. I feel his pain…wait until the bursitis kicks in during high fronts and low front.

  • jamesy

    Based on watching the guy for 5 or 6 yrs, I dont think he has the MENTAL toughness to produce a championship season. There is no question of his physical ability, the guy can ride, no doubt. But does his make-up include the extreme determination of a Rossi or Doohan or Roberts? Hey, you decide for yourself. And he may make that leap but by now it is unlikely He may well benefit from some couch time as much as healing time.

  • Sean

    In the last couple of years Pedrosa has been riding the wheels off the honda, sadly a couple of bad injuries have put an end to title chances. I hadnt been much of a fan of Pedrosa until a couple of seasons ago when it was clear he was pushing hard but didnt have the bike under him that he needed. He was happy to bang fairings with Lorenzo when he needed to.

  • I do hope dani recovers fast cos I do want to see him in the next race cos its going to be one hell of a fight!!