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Pedrosa may miss Catalunya GP

The Repsol Honda rider could undergo more surgery following the tangle between himself and Marco Simoncelli.
Dani Pedrosa could be forced to miss the fifth round of the MotoGP World Championship in Barcelona as doctors decide whether he will need to undergo surgery on his fractured collarbone.

Pedrosa was left nursing the collarbone injury after a controversial clash with Gresini Honda rider Marco Simoncelli during the French Grand Prix at Le Mans.

Immediately returning to Barcelona, Pedrosa spent the night at Teknon Medical Centre where doctors confirmed the break in his right collarbone.

A short statement from the Repsol Honda team stated that Pedrosa, who has already gone under the knife for surgery on a troublesome arm injury this year, and doctors will consider the need to operate or allow it to simply heal by itself.

Either way, the statement revealed Pedrosa's participation in the upcoming Catalunya Grand Prix remains very much in doubt.

The accident, for which Simoncelli was handed a drive-thru penalty as punishment, prompted an angry reaction from Pedrosa after the race, the Spaniard feeling as though his Honda counterpart's aggressive outside pass left him with no choice but to go down. Simoncelli, though sorry for Pedrosa's injury, insists he wasn't to blame.

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Fair go - Unregistered

May 17, 2011 12:04 AM

I'm not a Pedro or Simo fan. Feel sorry for Pedro, the stuck throttle and now this, must have broken about 400 mirrors or something. But from the Photos and video you can see Dani getting very loose, leg off and out. Simo is more composed and relaxed and turns in from out wide. And is marginally infront of Dani. Dani even says that he ran out of road, the where both pushing hard, simo just happened to come out on top. That version of hard style racing was week in and week out in the 80's and 90's, it's in WSBK, so why should it not be in the MotoGP, the premier category Of motorcycle racing.

MikeD - Unregistered

May 17, 2011 1:06 AM

I feel bad for Pedrosa but let's not make Simoncelli public enemy number one. I have been watching GPs for 4 decades now and these sort of things have happened before. Lorenzo was lucky he didn't cause Dovi to crash at the beginning of the race. Compared to Schwantz, Raney, Gardner & Doohan, Simoncelli is a teddy bear on the track...

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