Pedrosa cleared to return for MotoGP at COTA

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Pedrosa cleared to return for MotoGP at COTA

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Pedrosa cleared to return for MotoGP at COTA

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Repsol Honda Team rider Dani Pedrosa won’t be fully healed, but after surgery to repair his fractured right right, the Spaniard has begn rehab and will take part in the upcoming Grand Prix of the Americas at Circuit of The Americas on April 22.

Pedrosa was injured in a highside on the very first lap of the Argentina Grand Prix after he was clipped by Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Johann Zarco on a wet part of the track.

A 3D CT scan confirmed an intra-articular fracture of the right distal radius, the team said. A titanium screw was inserted by a team from the Catalan Institute of Traumatology and Sports Medicine (ICATME) at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus in Barcelona.

“Since the operation, I started feeling a bit better every day,” Pedrosa said. “I’ve been doing exercises to gain mobility and reduce the inflammation. Little by little I’m recovering muscle tone, and this allows me to see some progress. From here it’s difficult to know our real possibilities. We’re going to a difficult track and until I’m back on my bike I won’t be able to really know my situation.

“But what’s clear to me at this moment is that it’s well worth it to travel and try. An important part of my strength to go to Austin comes from your messages of support, so thank you very much to all of you.”

Pedrosa has three podium finishes at COTA, finishing second in 2013 and 2014 and third in 2017. He currently sits 12th in rider standings, 29 back of LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow. Teammate Marc Marquez is 18 points off Crutchlow’s lead in fifth place.

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