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Dani Pedrosa withdraws from German MotoGP
14 July 2013
MotoGP title leader Dani Pedrosa has withdrawn from today's German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring, due to low blood pressure.
The Repsol Honda star had been passed fit to ride in morning warm-up, but pulled out at the last moment due to dizziness and it has now been confirmed that he will not start the race.
Pedrosa sustained a 'small fracture' to his left collarbone in a huge Saturday practice highside, causing him to miss qualifying, although a concussion seemed to be ruled out after hospital checks.
Main rival and reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo, currently nine points behind Pedrosa, has already been ruled out after re-damaging his broken collarbone on Friday.
However Pedrosa could still lose the title lead today, if rookie team-mate and pole sitter Marc Marquez wins his second race of the year. Marquez is currently 23 points from Pedrosa.
Lorenzo, who had a new plate fitted to his collarbone on Saturday, has said he will also miss next weekend's Laguna Seca round although an official announcement is yet to be made.
Pedrosa is the most successful rider without a MotoGP title, having frequently seen his hopes stifled by injury. The last time he missed a race was during 2011, due to a broken collarbone. A free video of Pedrosa's huge Saturday highside can be seen here...