Dani Pedrosa in fitness fight for Catalunya MotoGP

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Dani Pedrosa is facing a desperate race to be fit for his home MotoGP round at the Catalunya circuit near Barcelona early next month having undergone surgery on the right collarbone he broke following a controversial incident with Marco Simoncelli last weekend in Le Mans.

Pedrosa suffered another cruel injury blow when he crashed in an incident with fellow factory Honda rider Simoncelli while the pair were contesting second place in the French Grand Prix.

As the pair collided, Pedrosa was unable to maintain control of his factory Honda RC212V machine and crashed out, breaking his right collarbone as he slid over a raised trackside kerb.

Pedrosa has had a titanium plate inserted to fix the fracture during an operation at the Teknon Medical Centre in Barcelona.

Dr. Joaquim Casañas and Dr. César García-Madrid, the same medical team that carried out an operation on Pedrosa’s left shoulder on April 6, performed the surgery. At that time, they removed the plate from the left collarbone to decompress the subclavian artery, which had troubled the triple world champion since he broke his left collarbone during practice for last October’s Twin Ring Motegi race in Japan.

HRC confirmed that Pedrosa’s participation in his home race on June 5 though is still in doubt.

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt