Dani Pedrosa needed to take the victory in this weekend's MotoGP race in Motegi, Japan but instead the Spaniard will sit out the Japanese Grand Prix and possibly future grand prix events after crashing in practice one on Friday. The rider who ...
Dani Pedrosa needed to take the victory in this weekend's MotoGP race in Motegi, Japan but instead the Spaniard will sit out the Japanese Grand Prix and possibly future grand prix events after crashing in practice one on Friday.
The rider who still had a chance to keep pressure on Jorge Lorenzo for the crown broke his left collarbone in three places. The Repsol Honda rider had completed only two laps when he came off his RC212V. The accident occurred when the throttle on Pedrosa's bike became suck as he was braking for turn nine.
MotoGP Medical Director Dr. Michele Macchiagodena on Pedrosa's condition said, "When he crashed he suffered a multiple fracture of the left collarbone, and that requires an operation to have the best chance of returning to racing as soon as possible."
After an inital check Pedrosa was released to return to Spain for the necessary operation, "Obviously this has been a really bad day for us. It was a strange crash in only my third lap, in a slow section of the track. I tried to stop the bike as usual but I knew something was wrong and couldn't avoid going down. After the crash I knew immediately that I was injured because it was very painful. I had a big impact in my left ankle and also my collarbone was broken as I hit the track - so obviously it feels very unlucky because recently we have had really good results."
"I've been very healthy through the pre-season and through the year and we had been working a lot to get to and stay at the maximum level. Another injury to contend with is really not what I needed - I don't feel as though I deserve it. Anyway, once the doctors had checked everything here, we decided it was best to go back to Spain for the operation. I hope it goes as well as possible and that I can return to racing soon," he added.
On the track Valentino Rossi set the best time in Friday's practice, followed by Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo. Even if Pedrosa is able to rejoin the action in Malaysia, Lorenzo can secure the title in the next two races by earning 44 points total.