Surgery Could Sideline Pedrosa For Austin MotoGP

Kit Palmer | April 10, 2018

Surgery Could Sideline Pedrosa For Austin MotoGP – Unfortunately, the crash that Repsol Honda Team rider Dani Pedrosa suffered at the April 8 round of the 2018 MotoGP Championship in Argentina might cost the Spaniard a chance to suit up for U.S. round at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, April 22. Pedrosa fell on the first lap after a close encounter with Johann Zarco and did not re-enter the race complaining of pain in his wrist. Turns out the wrist was broken in the crash.

The crash that knocked Pedrosa out of the race was a big disappointment for Pedrosa and the team, in that he was second-quickest in qualifying. Pedrosa finished seventh at the previous round at Qatar.

Surgery Could Sideline Pedrosa For Austin MotoGP

Surgery Could Sideline Pedrosa For Austin MotoGP
Injury could keep Dani Pedrosa from competing at the Austin MotoGP. Photo: Gold & Goose

The following is a release from the Repsol Honda Team:

Repsol Honda Team rider Dani Pedrosa underwent surgery to his right wrist this afternoon at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus in Barcelona, Spain, to treat the injury suffered in a crash during Sunday’s race at the Argentina Grand Prix.

A 3D CT scan confirmed that Dani had suffered an intra-articular fracture of the right distal radius.

The fracture reduction and internal fixation with a titanium screw were carried out by Dr. Xavier Mir and his team from the Catalan Institute of Traumatology and Sports Medicine (ICATME) at the Dexeus Hospital.

The result of the operation was satisfactory, and Dani will undergo an evaluation of his progress in 48 hours. If the results are positive, he will be able to begin his rehabilitation on Saturday.

His participation in the Austin GP will be decided consequently.

The Repsol Honda Team will release information on Pedrosa’s progress as it becomes available.

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Kit Palmer | Editor Kit Palmer started his career at Cycle News in 1984 and he’s been testing dirt and streetbikes ever since – plus covering any event that uses some form of a knobby tire. He’s also our resident motorcycle mileage man with a commute of 120 miles a day.