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Pedrosa forced to sit out home race

Pedrosa forced to sit out home race

The Repsol Honda rider has not been able to recover from collarbone surgery in time for this weekend’s Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya.

Dani Pedrosa will miss this weekend’s Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya, the fifth round of the 2011 campaign, as he continues to recover from the surgery he received on his fractured right collarbone on May 18th.

The Repsol Honda rider sustained the injury when he crashed during the French GP at Le Mans. Pedrosa and his team had hoped that following surgery three days after the accident and with a carefully planned rehabilitation programme he would be able to race this weekend, but a slower than anticipated healing process means he will instead sit this round out.

“After France, I had surgery to stabilise the fracture of my right collarbone and hoped to be ready for Barcelona. I pushed myself as best as I could but I feel that my collarbone is not yet ready. I think I must rest for a while and recover properly,” explained Pedrosa.

“Since early this year I've had many problems and operations and I really believe I must stop now and let this heal properly. I would love to be in Montmeló with all the fans that follow me but for me if I'm on track, I'm there to fight for victory and offer them a good race. I feel that is not possible at the moment and therefore the most sensible thing is not to compete. It is a big shame what happened. Despite all the problems I had earlier in the season, this year I felt very strong and I was aware that I could beat my opponents.”

Pedrosa added: “I want to say thank you to you all for your support and hope to be back in full shape as soon as possible to continue giving my best.”

The continued progress of the healing of the collarbone will determine the date of Pedrosa’s return to competitive riding.

MotoGP, 2011, GRAN PREMI APEROL DE CATALUNYA, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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