Dani Pedrosa is forced to start 2019 with very different plans to those that he had foreseen. The Spanish rider will face a broad and demanding process of physical recovery in the coming months after recently being diagnosed with a complex double stress fracture of the right collarbone.
The three-time world champion will follow a meticulous medical planning that includes tissue repair surgery, with graft contribution constituted by its own stem cells.
In a statement, Pedrosa said that “unexpectedly I had a double stress fracture in the right collarbone, just in a gesture of strength. Over the years I have had several fractures in that area and the last time was in three parts, leaving it sclerotic. The middle part does not have enough blood flow, creating osteoporosis, so it requires an effective solution to regenerate the bone and achieve adequate recovery. After undergoing several tests and medical consultations, the clear recommendation is the total recovery and bone health.”
The recovery process will prevent Pedrosa from continuing with the test program initially planned for the beginning of the year as a test rider for the KTM team. But in his statement, Pedrosa noted that December testing in Jerez have given him a good start point.
Pedrosa’s statement continued by saying he regrets “these circumstances, and I thank KTM for their great support for my full recovery. We are very excited about the work we are doing and that is why I want to be physically in the best conditions for that exciting task. For me, the challenge does not stop.”