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Pedrosa to skip Monday test.

Dani Pedrosa will not take part in Monday's post race test at Catalunya, in order to rest his injured hip.

The Repsol Honda rider cracked his thigh two weeks' ago at Mugello and needed pain killing injections during each day of his home Grand Prix of Catalunya.

Despite pain from his hip and the withering heat, Pedrosa held fourth in the early stages of Sunday's race before taking the chequered flag in sixth position.

"It's been a very hard weekend and I finished the race exhausted and in a lot of pain, but I don't regret being here this weekend trying to do my best,” said last year's Catalunya winner. “I didn't want to miss my home race and even though sixth position is not the best result in front of my fans, I'm happy with it.

“I could feel their enormous support during the whole weekend and it helped me a lot to race. It also wouldn't have been possible without the doctors' help: they kept me in the best possible condition to bear the pain. The injections I've had on each day worked, but obviously to do 25 laps it's been very hard.

“I didn't have a great start today, but I could manage to stay in the second group in the race. I tried to stay with Capirossi, but I couldn't, so I choose to maintain the sixth position. I'm really tired now, but it was a worthwhile race.”

On the advice of his team and doctors, Pedrosa will sit out Monday's test, the first of only two opportunities for non-grand prix track time during the racing season.

“The doctors told me that this fracture needs time to heal so I'm going to rest as much as possible and see what the progress is for Assen,” he said. “The team asked me not test tomorrow to give me the best chance to recover and it's a sensible decision.”

Despite his brave effort Pedrosa has slipped from fourth to fifth in the world championship, two points behind team-mate Andrea Dovizioso.

Dovizioso will test the modified RC212V chassis on Monday.


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le star - Unregistered

June 14, 2009 10:21 PM

I think it's a wise move too! Dani can rest for the assen gp! It's a sensible move ofcourse, but i think it's better not to take part in the testing. You can't test much or do much with an injury. btw, Dani's sixth place is great, if you look at his situation. The season is very long, and he will make a comeback at the top. 106 points for rossi, stoner and lorenzo!!! WOW!! So exciting! It's a shame that pedrosa is injured. I hope they will go side by side till the end!



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