Repsol Honda has confirmed Dani Pedrosa will not race at this weekend's Catalunya Grand Prix after being unable to fully recover from his recent collarbone surgery in time.
The Spaniard fractured his right collarbone in a fall at the French Grand Prix, the Spaniard coming down heavily after a controversial and highly-publicised collision with Honda counterpart Marco Simoncelli.
Opting for surgery on the collarbone shortly after the event, Pedrosa had less than three weeks to recover in time to compete at his home Catalunya GP, but a slower than expected healing process has now forced him to withdraw from this weekend's event.
Indeed, the surgery was his second in as many months, Pedrosa admitting it is perhaps wise to exercise caution at this stage and return at full strength instead.
"After France, I had surgery to stabilise the fracture of my right collarbone and hoped to be ready for Barcelona,” he said. “I pushed myself as best as I could but I feel that my collarbone is not yet ready. I think I must rest for a while and recover properly. Since early this year I've had many problems and operations and I really believe I must stop now and let this heal properly.“
A bitter disappointment for Pedrosa, not least for his burgeoning title hopes, the Portuguese Grand Prix winner hopes to be back as soon as he can.
“I would love to be in Montmeló with all the fans that follow me but for me if I'm on track, I'm there to fight for victory and offer them a good race. I feel that is not possible at the moment and therefore the most sensible thing is not to compete.
“It is a big shame what happened. Despite all the problems I had earlier in the season, this year I felt very strong and I was aware that I could beat my opponents. I want to say thank you to you all for your support and hope to be back in full shape as soon as possible to continue giving my best.”