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Pedrosa to attempt participation at Laguna Seca

Pedrosa to attempt participation at Laguna Seca

Repsol Honda´s Dani Pedrosa will fly to the U.S.A on Wednesday, with the intention of riding this weekend.

Dani Pedrosa will be back onboard the Repsol Honda RC212V this weekend at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, despite a fractured left wrist and index finger and sprained right ankle. The Spaniard picked up the injuries in a crash at the last round of the MotoGP World Championship in Sachsenring.

Repsol Honda confirmed Pedrosa´s participation on Wednesday morning, revealing that he had been discharged from the Barcelona hospital where he had undergone a small arthroscopic operation on Tuesday afternoon, and would be flying straight to the U.S.A.

`In agreement with my doctor we have decided that I will fly to the US and I will do my best to ride this weekend,´ stated Pedrosa, after consulting surgeon Dr. Xavier Mir. `We know that it will not be easy and that we won´t know my exact situation until I get on the bike on Friday morning. This is a difficult time for me, of course, but my will is strong and if it is possible for me to ride the bike properly then I really want to ride.´

Pedrosa finished runner up in the 2006 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, but will have a hard task navigating the tricky changes required whilst still sore from his German tumble. The World Championship contender is adopting a `wait and see´ approach as to his goals for the weekend.

`Laguna is a physically demanding track when you are 100 per cent, so it will be tough with my injuries, but I know I can count on the support of the people around me to get me in the best possible shape. Laguna is what I call an ‘old school' circuit, with a lot of steep uphill and downhill sections. The fans are great there, very respectful of all the riders, so I would like to do my best for them. We will see what we can do. I would like to thank everyone around me and also my fans for their support over the last few days.

MotoGP, 2008, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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