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Pedrosa ready to give it a shot

Pedrosa ready to give it a shot

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa rates his own fitness levels at 60% or 70% as the season starts, but he will still try to race in Qatar.

Last year’s third placed rider overall in MotoGP, Dani Pedrosa has had a difficult preseason ahead of the 2009 FIM MotoGP World Championship, with surgery before Christmas, a heavy crash in Qatar during testing at the beginning of March and another resultant operation to help repair the damage.

The 24 year-old Spaniard has spent the last five weeks recuperating after the insertion of a screw into his left wrist and the latest surgery to fix a long-term injury in his left knee, which was aggravated by his Qatar crash.

Pedrosa participated in the official 2009 MotoGP riders photograph on Friday afternoon at the Losail International Circuit and he will test his fitness levels in the first MotoGP free practice of the year at 10.30pm local time this evening in Qatar.

The rider himself stated, “I’m here to try to race this weekend and I’m happy about that. It’s not been easy to get here because I didn’t have much time to recover and I’m not at 100% yet. We can say that I’m at about 60% or 70%. There are some injuries where you can push hard to recover faster, but this injury was not of this type and I really couldn’t push the recovery – I had to take some time.”

He continued, “I’ve not been able to fully bend my knee since I crashed in Australia in October and after two operations since then there is still some way to go before I’m completely fit again. Right now I still cannot fully bend my knee and I can’t squat down completely, which is usually what you need to race the bike, so I can’t tell exactly how it’s going to go until the first practice session tonight.”

In addition to his physical state Pedrosa also has other thoughts on his mind, commenting, “I’m also concerned about the machine. We still have to make quite a lot of progress and we will need some time to get to the same level as our rivals. Still, we are where we are and we have to give our maximum to overcome the issues.”

Noting the support of those around him he went on to add, “I want to say thanks to all the fans who have sent me letters and emails showing their support and pushing me to recover. When you’re in this situation, this kind of support really helps you a lot. Also I want say thanks to my team for all the dedication they’ve shown to get to the best possible position since I’ve been away. After last year, they already know how to work in this kind of situation and I have full confidence in them.”

MotoGP, 2009, COMMERCIALBANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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