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'Small fracture' for Dani Pedrosa, race decision Sunday
13 July 2013
MotoGP title leader Dani Pedrosa hopes to take part in Sunday's German Grand Prix after sustaining a small fracture to his collarbone in a Saturday morning highside at the Sachsenring.
The Repsol Honda star missed qualifying after being flown for hospital scans, which fortunately ruled out a concussion, but did confirm the fracture.
If he feels strong enough to try and race with the weakened collarbone, Pedrosa will need to pass a further medical at 8:20am on Sunday.
Pedrosa - whose accident occurred just one day after nearest title rival Jorge Lorenzo withdrew after re-damaging his collarbone - would start from twelfth, having gained automatic entry to Q2 through his free practice time.
"It was definitely a scary moment and I'm still not totally sure what happened,” said Pedrosa. “I hit my head hard and immediately felt a lot of pain in my shoulder and I checked to see if I could feel anything. Thankfully in the medical centre they saw it wasn't broken but maybe a small fracture, and I was also feeling very dizzy but never lost consciousness.
“Just to be safe, we flew to Chemnitz Hospital for a CAT scan and then returned to Clinica Mobile at the circuit. They confirmed I had a small fracture in my left collarbone but I am thankful it wasn't a complete break. Now I will rest tonight and see how I feel in the morning. If I feel strong enough I will have the medical check to clear me for the race.”
Winner of the past three German MotoGPs, Pedrosa currently holds a nine point advantage over Lorenzo. Pedrosa's rookie team-mate Marc Marquez, third in the championship and 23 points from the top, will start from pole position.
Pedrosa's fall occurred on his first flying lap when the rear wheel of his RCV suddenly stepped out, while off the throttle, at turn one - throwing him high into the air before slamming down onto the asphalt.
Instantly seen reaching for his left collarbone, initial X-rays at the Medical Centre were followed by the helicopter trip for further checks. Pedrosa returned to the paddock, with his left arm supported by a sling, just as qualifying got underway.
Meanwhile reigning champion Lorenzo underwent surgery on his latest collarbone injury back in Barcelona this morning, but is yet to confirm if he will try and ride next weekend at Laguna Seca.
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