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Dani Pedrosa: "I think this will make me stronger"

Dani Pedrosa: 'I think this will make me stronger'

Dani Pedrosa: "I think this will make me stronger"

Daniel Pedrosa has made his first public appearance since returning home from Australia at the Sagrada Familia Clinic in Barcelona, where he was immediately admitted on his arrival in Spain yesterday. The 125cc World Champion spoke to the press hours before being sent home to continue his recovery from the operation which he underwent in Melbourne after breaking both his ankles in the SKYY VODKA Australian Grand Prix.

"The operation was inevitable and now it is a case of recovering as quickly as possible and getting back to full fitness," commented Pedrosa. "I think this situation will make me stronger and, although it is something nobody wants to go through, there is nothing I can do to change it and I have to look forward to the future trying to continue growing as a person and as a rider."

Pedrosa will begin his physical training in December with five to six hours work per day targeted at preparing himself for the demands of a 250cc machine. "The doctors say I will be completely recovered in four months. This puts our initial plans back but now the priority is to get walking properly again and get back on a bike when I am ready. The doctors here have said that the people in Melbourne did a great job and the fractures have reduced."

The crash, which took place in the first free practice session at Philip Island – Pedrosa's first session on the bike after winning the title in Malaysia – is now a distant memory for the 18 year old. "I don't know exactly what caused the crash even though I remember it quite well," he explained. "It happened as I braked before a series of left-handers. What I couldn't say for sure is at what point the breaks happened."

Pedrosa left Melbourne on Saturday accompanied by his mother and his manager Alberto Puig. "For the flight from Melbourne to London I was lying down with my feet up to prevent the blood concentrating there and causing swelling. Obviously it was a pretty tough trip, but I was well looked after all the way. Now I am looking forward to being around my people, having a rest and beginning my recovery."

125cc, 2003, Dani Pedrosa

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