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Pedrosa could return at Mugello says Puig

Pedrosa could return at Mugello says Puig

In an interview with Dani Pedrosa’s manager, Alberto Puig, the Repsol Honda rider’s physical condition was discussed along with the reason for his return to action taking longer than originally forecast.

Alberto Puig, manager of Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa, has discussed the Spaniard’s physical fitness following a further operation which took place last week on the right collarbone he fractured at Le Mans.

“Dani had another operation to fix a small problem that he had following the original surgery, and now it’s much better,” said Puig. “He’s more optimistic because he has less pain. Of course he is highly motivated to get back on the bike after spending time out recovering, but he has to take things step by step and not rush it. He’s already started doing some exercise and will try to be back for Mugello, and that’s the target we’ve set ourselves.”

Pedrosa’s absence at Catalunya sparked speculation at the reasons for his continued time out, and Puig commented: “You can’t control such comments, people can say whatever they want, what I can say is what happened, which is what we explained. After France he had an operation and then, because of the rush to try and be at Montmeló, he sped up the recovery perhaps a little too much. He had a small movement in the (collar) bone and the correct thing to do was to go back and fix it. That’s what he did and that’s what caused the delay. Without that problem I think he probably could have been at Montmeló or Silverstone, but we had that delay and that’s what happened.”

Continuing, Puig said that Pedrosa: “Did not have an accident on a motorcycle or bicycle as was stated by some. You deal with things as they happen, and no matter how they happen you have to deal with them. We already knew that Dani is a guy with fragile bones and that whenever he has a crash he will probably have more problems than others. He tries to return when he feels he has possibilities, to do so earlier would mean giving a performance that is not of the standard he wants. Right now the most important thing is to try and be at Mugello and to turn the page.”

Despite having now missed four races (including the non-finish at Le Mans) and with his hopes of challenging for the title all but dashed, Puig does not believe that Pedrosa will see the season as lost. “We don’t view the season as being done with, neither are we thinking about 2012 already. What’s important is that Dani gets back to feeling comfortable on the bike, that he finds a rhythm in the second half of the season and ends the season able to win races.”

MotoGP, 2011, IVECO TT ASSEN, Dani Pedrosa

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