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Pedrosa targets Qatar return after hospital discharge

Pedrosa targets Qatar return after hospital discharge

Repsol Honda rider leaves USP Institut Universitari Dexeus on Saturday following surgery on knee and arm.

Dani Pedrosa has left the Barcelona hospital where he underwent two operations last week, seventy-two hours after checking into the facility. The Spaniard had gone under the knife to treat damage picked up in a crash at the recent Qatar night test, and is now targeting a return to action at the season-opening MotoGP round held at the very same circuit.

“We are planning to work hard and so be ready for the first race in Qatar, but when the day arrives we will have to see whether I am really in perfect shape to get on the bike,” Pedrosa told the media at a Saturday morning press conference, having ruled out any possible participation in this month’s Official Test in Jerez.

“The objective is to try and be fit for the first race. You do not choose to be in a situation like this, but we have no other choice than to face up to things and to carry on. I have fallen many times and I have always fought back and I will do it again. We will get back to riding fast on the bike, but it is true that I am having some problems this pre-season, but there is nothing we can do about that, we just have to keep going.”

Of the two concurrent procedures carried out by Doctors Xavier Mir and Bartoleme Ferreira, it is that performed on Pedrosa’s knee that will require the most recovery time. Three weeks of complete rest, followed by light bending of the joint after that time, mean that it will be a race against time for the former MotoGP World Championship runner-up to get anywhere near to full fitness by the time the floodlights are turned on in Qatar on April 12th, although microsurgeon Mir –whose arm surgery on Pedrosa will only leave the rider waiting a week before rehabilitation- stated his confidence in a speedy recovery.

“We are optimistic, although we cannot commit ourselves to being ready for the first race. We will take all the relevant steps to speed his recovery, and even though we cannot say whether he will be ready for the first race we do not rule anything out,” said Dr. Mir.

“The knee injury is more complicated but it is looking very good, so we are optimistic. We know that in many cases the recovery times for professional sportsmen are usually shorter, and keeping this in mind Dani’s prognosis is very good.”

Pedrosa is now walking with the aid of crutches, as he prepares for what will be a tough recovery process.

MotoGP, 2009, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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