Dani Pedrosa undecided on Laguna Seca participation

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Factory Honda rider Dani Pedrosa has not yet decided on whether he will participate in tomorrow’s American GP at Laguna Seca.

The Spaniard ended a gruelling first day down in 15th place as he bravely battled through the pain of injuries he suffered when crashing out of the lead in Germany last Sunday.

Riding with a specially modified glove to help with a broken left index finger, Pedrosa clocked a best time of 1.23.707 and he said: “I’m feeling a lot of pain and this race is really long and tough, so we still need to evaluate if it’s worth racing.

"This morning I went out just to see how I felt on the bike and to see if I could ride. I felt incredible pain, so we decided to use a anti-pain infiltration for the second session.

"In the afternoon I was two seconds faster, even though I still felt a lot of pain after doing a short run of laps. This track is extremely demanding, with many left-handers and a lot of ups and downs.

"The downhill sections are particularly difficult as there’s more pressure on the hands, which makes it even more of a struggle. I can stand the pain from my right ankle when I’m on the bike, but I have to use a crutch to walk.”

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt