MotoGP: Pedrosa to undergo another arm surgery

Repsol Honda rider decides to have one more surgery in Madrid to be performed on Friday; replacement rider to be Hiroshi Aoyama

motogp dani pedrosa to undergo further arm surgery
After his disappointing sixth place finish at Qatar, Dani Pedrosa revealed that his arm pump issues have not been solved, and HRC announced that further surgery will be performed on Friday.

“I don't have a choice, I simply can't keep racing like this”. It was with these words that Dani Pedrosa, at the end of a below-par performance in MotoGP's season opener in Qatar, unexpectedly revealed his career was in jeopardy. The 29-year-old Spaniard, despite two surgeries (he had similar procedures done on the same arm when he was 16, and again last year in the middle of the season), is still suffering compartment syndrome in the right forearm and therefore decided to take an indefinite hiatus from competing to try to fix it once and for all.

“I had this problem for a year now,” Pedrosa wrote on his blog. “I traveled halfway around the world during the winter break to get advice from different doctors, and was hoping to be able to race at my 100 percent, but last weekend in Qatar made me realize it wasn't the case.”

Originally, Pedrosa opted out of any surgical procedure and focused on specific exercises to be fully fit for the beginning of the championship. Now, he decided to check back into the hospital to try to salvage his future as a rider. The Spaniard will undergo another surgery tomorrow in Spain with doctor Angel Villamor. The recovery time will be between four and six weeks, which mean Pedrosa will have to skip the next two races, scheduled in Texas and Argentina. Hiroshi Aoyama, HRC's official test rider, will replace him in the Repsol Honda pits.

“This obviously wasn't the kind of news I wanted to share,” said Pedrosa. “Anyhow, after some discussions with some doctors and specialists I trust, it emerged this is my only option. I will undergo surgery on Friday and they will employ a new seaming method to try to make sure the issue won't resurface ever again. I hope everything goes according to plan.” Pedrosa's doctors reportedly are hopeful that the new surgical method used to close the wound will help ensure that the problem will not surface again.

After the race in Qatar, Pedrosa's countenance and body language resembled those of a hopeless man. Now, he has at least one reason not to give up. “Dani was feeling really low last Sunday, and I can sympathize with him,” said HRC's Team Principal Livio Suppo. “We knew about his issues, and I was the one telling him to share the real reasons behind his performance. He has never looked so unhappy, I hoped that telling his fans the truth about his physical condition helped him somehow.”

Pedrosa will now have a month and a half to cure his body and mind. Given how the Qatar race unfolded, he will need to be in his best form to beat his rivals. And since his comeback is scheduled for the Jerez Grand Prix, Pedrosa will most likely receive the warmest possible welcome. A meager consolation, but still something to look forward to.