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Pedrosa finishes test early

Dani Pedrosa has decided to curtail his testing programme at Sepang in order to rest the left knee he damaged at the 2008 Australian Grand Prix and which required subsequent surgery in December.

Pedrosa made big gains on the leaders during the second day of running in Malaysia, moving up to produce the fourth quickest lap time, just four tenths adrift of pace setter Casey Stoner.

However, the Repsol Honda rider has taken the decision to go home early.

“Last December, in fact, I underwent an intervention to the left knee for the consequences suffered when I slid off in Phillip Island during the last race in October,” he revealed.

Nonetheless, Pedrosa insists he is missing nothing more than a race simulation and, as he can only complete a handful of laps at a time, has decided it is better for him to rest instead.

“I've tested everything, I only have a race simulation to do and I cannot do more than five or six laps at a time,” he told before he made his way to the airport. “I will rest my knee now. I was on the limit coming here and thought it might be a problem.”

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Greenland Whale Fisheries - Unregistered

February 06, 2009 9:37 PM

Pedrosa has had surgery in the off season so there seems little point agrivating it as the bike seems to have changed little. I admire Pedrosa in some ways for going home, he must know what the media and know it all's (hello soops) wil make of it, and it would have been easier to play the tough guy and put in a few laps that would mean little. Pedrosa unlike the vast majority of people in the public eye though does not seem to care what the media makes of him, and that in my eyes is cause for appreciation.

soops - Unregistered

February 06, 2009 4:13 PM

Wayne Gardner said about Dani that he won't be a GP Champion simply because Dani "lacks the ticker." In fact, Dani is returning home to Barcelona to get "rest," not so much to be checked up by doctors or anything. To say the least, he is staying true to form in his annual testing: Either not show up, or leave early. Meanwhile, Rossi has stitches that are ready to pop open on his left hand and on his foot. Stoner had fracture surgery on his left hand and can get in 2-3 laps per run. And BOTH are staying for the full course of testing. This is how you separate the men from the boys. The champions from the never-wills. Dani's boat is sailing and it's sad to see his talent wasted.

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