Dani Pedrosa heads for more shoulder checks

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After riding for five out of the last six days, Dani Pedrosa was to undergo further checks on his damaged left shoulder in Spain today (Thursday).

The triple world champion will undergo scans and further assessments to understand how the left shoulder he broke in two places during practice for the recent Japanese Grand Prix is healing.

The 25-year-old has complained of numbness in his left arm since making his comeback to MotoGP in the penultimate race at Estoril in Portugal.

“Tomorrow I will go to the doctor again to have a CAT scan, an MRI scan and blood circulation tests to find out what’s wrong with my shoulder. The other night when I was sleeping, my arm was sleeping too, “said Pedrosa.

Pedrosa told MCN he was hoping to avoid surgery having required a titanium plate and eight screws to be inserted in his shoulder after a costly crash in the Far East.

Pedrosa’s slender world title hopes were crushed when a throttled jammed on his factory RC212V machine. The resultant shoulder injury put him out of action for three races.

The Repsol Honda rider, who finished fifth fastest on the final day of testing at the Valencia circuit, said: “I don’t know yet if I will need more surgery, but if it’s necessary I will do it. But maybe it is just one screw touching the top of a nerve.”

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt