Dani Pedrosa underwent surgery on Saturday to fix a titanium plate to the fractured left collarbone he suffered in a fall yesterday, during free practice for the Japanese MotoGP at Motegi.
The two-hour operation at the Dexeus University Institute Hospital in Barcelona was a success and Pedrosa is now recuperating. Pedrosa, whose accident was caused by a throttle problem, is expected to remain in hospital for between 24 and 48 hours.
“The operation went very well," said Dr. Xavier Mir. "Dani had a four fragment chip fracture of the left collarbone and, together with Doctors Marlet and Ginebreda, we have performed a fixation with a titanium plate, made especially for the collarbone. We have fixed the two intermediate fragments with two compression screws.
"Regarding the left ankle, while in surgery, we performed another stress x-ray and saw that we were dealing with a grade 1 ankle sprain, which will heal in a short space of time.
"The rider is recently out of surgery and I think we must wait at least 48 hours, after which time, if all goes well, we may begin rehabilitation.
"At this time, it is not possible to give precise dates for recovery.”
Pedrosa is the only rider who can still beat Jorge Lorenzo to the title and, if Doctor Mir had confirmed that Pedrosa will definitely miss three of the remaining five races then it would automatically mean Lorenzo is champion.
Either way, the Fiat Yamaha rider holds a 56 point advantage over Pedrosa and can mathematically settle the title if he leaves next Sunday's Sepang round with a lead of at least 76 points.