Dani Pedrosa to ride in Mugello

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Dani Pedrosa will end his injury nigtmare and make a return to action in Mugello on Friday – nearly 50 days since his 2011 MotoGP title dreams were shattered.

The Spaniard hasn’t raced since he broke his right collarbone in a controversial incident with Marco Simoncelli during the French Grand Prix at Le Mans on May 15.

His comeback was further delayed by a second operation after a fragment of bone had become dislodged in the collarbone.

It was rumoured that he’d damaged the collarbone again in a supermoto training accident, but his manager Alberto Puig strongly denied that in Assen last weekend.
Puig was back in the paddock and HRC confirmed Pedrosa would be back on his factory RC212V at this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix.

The triple world champion said: “After missing three races, I’m happy to be back in Mugello. During this period I’ve been very focused on my recovery and after the second operation I have improved a lot. I’m really looking forward to riding the bike, getting into the groove again and to be as competitive as I was before the injury. It’s been difficult being out of competition, but that was the situation and I couldn’t do more.

“I have been in contact with my team during this time and I know they also look forward to getting back to normal. Together we will work to regain the highest level and fight to win races again. Mugello is a difficult circuit, very technical and demanding, and I know it will not be easy for us, but last year we scored our first win of the season there and we would like to get a good result.”

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt