After a detailed examination of his left knee and forearm injuries sustained in a Monday night highside at the Qatar test, it has been announced that Dani Pedrosa will need surgery for both injuries.

Pedrosa, whose knee was still recovering from surgery in December - following damage on lap one of the Australian Grand Prix - was hit by his Repsol Honda after falling at turn 10 in the final hours of the second night in Qatar.

"Now I will go home for some more scans and hopefully they won't show anything more serious," Pedrosa had said before leaving for Spain.

The #3 arrived in Barcelona on Tuesday and was taken directly to the USP Institut Universitari Dexeus hospital, where he was examined by Doctor Mir, the head of the Hand Surgery Unit, and his team.

After a checkup and diagnostic tests (TAC in 3 dimensions and Magnetic Resonance) Pedrosa was unfortunately diagnosed with a fracture on his left forearm-wrist. This injury will be operated on at 18:00 on Wednesday, when a titanium screw will be inserted.

In addition, the check-up revealed that Pedrosa has bruising and a loss of some flesh around his left knee (which received three stitches in Qatar) which will require skin graft surgery on Wednesday.

The estimated recovery time will not be known until after the surgery, but the final pre-season test takes place at Jerez from March 28-29, with the season-opening race at Qatar on April 12.

Pedrosa - the only Honda rider to win MotoGP races since 2006 - also began last season injured after fracturing a hand during testing at Sepang.

Nevertheless, the 2007 world championship runner-up was leading the title chase when he fell from the lead of the wet German Grand Prix, in mid-July. Pedrosa fractured the top bone of his left index finger in the incident and also damaged his right ankle, forcing him to miss the following US GP.



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