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Pedrosa returns home with surgery expected on right hand

Pedrosa returns home with surgery expected on right hand

Dani Pedrosa arrived back in Barcelona this morning for further examination of his injured right hand, a result of a spectacular crash in the final stages of Tuesday's first day of 2008 testing.

Dani Pedrosa arrived back in Barcelona this morning for further examination of his injured right hand, a result of a spectacular crash in the final stages of Tuesday's first day of 2008 testing.

Accompanied by mentor Alberto Puig, the Repsol Honda rider went immediately to the Dexeus Institute in the Spanish city, where he was assessed by specialists and could undergo surgery in the next few hours.

Pedrosa fractured the second metacarpal in his extremity after hitting the ground at a speed of some 140km/h. His Honda RC212V burst into flames, and the Spaniard was left nursing an injury and out of the remainder of this week's test.

Upon his arrival at Barcelona's El Prat airport, Pedrosa spoke briefly to motogp.com. Describing the accident, the 2007 World Championship runner-up said "It was a good strong crash; I fell hard but the pain only hit afterwards."

The former 125cc & 250cc World Champion's Chief Mechanic Mike Leitner, one of the first to see his rider after the crash, commented on the effects that the injury would have on the planned 2008 testing workload.

"For the preseason of course it's not positive, but we will not give up. The rider's mentality is ok and we will try to fix the problem. Sure, we start with a little handicap but we will try to do our best."

Aside from missing the remainder of this week's action in Malaysia, Pedrosa will also be an absentee for next week's second MotoGP visit to Phillip Island in Australia.

Crash photo courtesy of Shigeo Kibiki

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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