Dani Pedrosa is out of the next two MotoGP World Championship rounds after doctors confirmed he must undergo surgery to alleviate his ongoing struggles with arm pump.

Finishing a distant sixth in the season-opening Qatar MotoGP, Repsol Honda rider later revealed he has been suffering with serious arm pump problems, hinting that he may be forced to consider his future in the sport if the situation doesn't improve.

Proceeding to consult with doctors after the race to come to a reasonable solution, though Pedrosa was advised against surgery during the winter, he has now conceded he will need to go under the knife again 'as soon as possible'

It means he won't compete at the upcoming Texas and Argentina races, but while it means Pedrosa's title hopes are all-but-over already, he is hopeful this is the best solution in the long-term.

"Obviously this isn't the news I wanted to be sharing with everyone," he lamented. "However, after speaking with some key doctors and medical professionals that I trust, they are all in agreement that this is the only option for me.

"We will have the surgery on Friday and they will use a special technique to help close the wound to try and prevent this issue continuing to affect me.

"Let's hope it's a success. I want to thank all my fans for their support, but especially Honda, Repsol, Red Bull and all our sponsors for their understanding in this matter."

Pedrosa will undergo surgery on Friday 3rd April, with Dr Angel Villamor set to perform the procedure - which is intended to relieve the pressure in the forearm - in Madrid. Though Pedrosa is out for two rounds certainly, the seriousness of the problem and special care that will therefore be taken over the rate of recovery means he could be forced out for longer.

It is the third time he has undergone surgery on his forearm, the most recent occurring only last year.

HRC test rider Hiroshi Aoyama will join Marc Marquez for the next two rounds at COTA and the Termas de Rio Hondo events.



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