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Lorenzo, Elias hope for quick Pedrosa return

Two of Dani Pedrosa's Spanish counterparts have extended their well wishes to the Repsol Honda rider as he continues to recover from injuries sustained during testing at Losail.

Jorge Lorenzo and Toni Elias were disappointed to see Pedrosa stretchered away from the Qatari circuit last week following an accident that prompted surgery on his left arm and his knee.

Although considered one of his closest rivals, Lorenzo is hoping Pedrosa will be present for the opening round of the season next month as he brings 'life' to the MotoGP paddock.

“I hope that Pedrosa is in Qatar, because he is one of the riders that brings life to the World Championship, and without him there would be something missing from the grid,” the Fiat Yamaha rider told the MotoGP website.

Elias, meanwhile, says he sympathises with Pedrosa following injury riddled seasons in 2007 and 2008 and is looking forward to seeing him back on track

“He is a very strong rider, and I think that he is going to try to be there. I don't know how serious his injuries are, but I do know from experience that injuries are never a good thing. They arrive at unexpected times and make things hard, but you've got to push on through. I want to wish him the best; we'll be waiting for him on track.”

A period of recovery means Pedrosa will miss the final pre-season test at Jerez, while he remains a doubt for the opening round of the season, to be held on April 12th.

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Bear - Unregistered

March 10, 2009 12:51 PM

Good ol' Lorenzo. It's a known thing that him and Pedrosa can't stand each other, so his comments show once again his tact, respect and professionalism. I wonder if Pedrosa would have made similar comments had the roles been reversed?

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