12 May 2015
Le Mans MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa confirms return
"Finally, I can tell you that I will be at Le Mans this weekend" - Dani Pedrosa.
Dani Pedrosa will return to MotoGP action in this weekend's French round at Le Mans.
The Repsol Honda star has been absent for the past three events after 'complicated and aggressive' surgery on his forearm.
The downcast Spaniard sought surgery after arm pump problems in the Qatar season-opener. But his medical options were limited by two unsuccessful operations for the same condition on the same right forearm.
As a result, the April 3 operation saw doctors go a step further, completely removing the layer of fascia - the casing around the muscle - which was causing the cramp-like symptoms in the heat of battle.
After trying his healing arm on a Supermoto bike Pedrosa opted against returning for his home Spanish round, but has now been confirmed as present alongside reigning champion Marc Marquez for round five in France.
"My recovery has gone well, I think I was right to be patient and take it slowly, and to respect the time frames that I needed. Now, finally, I can tell you that I will be in Le Mans this weekend," Pedrosa said.
"The truth is that I'm really keen to get back on my motorbike, as I'm sure you can guess.
"It's not just about that, though. I'm also excited to get back to my team to work side by side with them again. They're a great bunch."
Pedrosa's return will also come as a relief to Honda, which is currently trailing Yamaha in the Riders', Constructors' and Teams' World Championship standings.
Test rider and former racer Hiroshi Aoyama took over Pedrosa RCV, after Casey Stoner's offer was declined, but only scored five points.
Marquez also recently underwent surgery, requiring a titanium plate in his left little finger after a dirt track training accident.
While Marquez is firmly in contention for a third successive MotoGP title, closing to 26 points from Valentino Rossi after 5 of 18 rounds, Pedrosa's hopes of a first premier-class title are effectively over for another season.
Pedrosa has claimed four wins at Le Mans, one in the 125cc class, two in 250cc, and a MotoGP victory in 2013. The Spaniard finished fifth last season, at a circuit where rain is often a factor.
"Let's hope the weather is kind to us again like in 2014!" he said.
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