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Pedrosa all-set for Le Mans after operation

Dani Pedrosa is ready to get back to business at Le Mans this weekend, taking part in the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France following surgery for arm pump.

Having first undergone surgery on his right forearm 12 years earlier, Pedrosa visited Dr. Xavier Mir in Barcelona following the last Grand Prix in Jerez. The minor procedure included two incisions to enter the forearm, freeing the flexor and prone-extensor muscles in the appendage via minimally invasive microsurgery.

“I enjoyed the weekend in Jerez and the battle at the end with Rossi was a lot of fun,” Pedrosa comments of his fight for second place. “After Monday’s test, I had a tight feeling in my right forearm. On Tuesday morning I went to see Dr. Mir and he recommended surgery immediately. We took his advice and it seems to be healing up well, but I guess I won’t know until I’m back on the bike on Friday for FP1.

“I won for the first time at Le Mans in MotoGP™ last year in a very tough race. I enjoy the circuit and we’ve had good results there in the past but we must always pay attention to the weather! The testing in Jerez was useful and we confirmed some feelings, now we must see if they translate to the track this weekend.”

Team-mate Marc Marquez also heads to France with optimism, having won the opening four races of the year in Qatar, Texas, Argentina and Spain.

“After another really great weekend in Jerez and a positive day of testing on Monday, we are now on our way to Le Mans,” says the World Championship leader. “You never know what the weather will do there so it is important to start strong from FP1. Last year we had our first wet race here and I really learned a lot, but this year I hope it will remain dry!

“We know that Dani (Pedrosa), Jorge (Lorenzo) and Valentino (Rossi) will come back at us hard here, but we will work on our own programme - as usual - and fight for victory or at least some important championship points.”

Friday’s opening practice in France commences at 9:55am local time (GMT +2).

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MotoGP, 2014, Dani Pedrosa, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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