Dani Pedrosa crashed just 6 minutes into the first practice session at Motegi and has sustained a double-fragment fracture to his left collarbone. Pedrosa will take no further part in this weekend’s Japanese MotoGP, and it looks likely the he will miss the next three races.
Dani Pedrosa said:
“Obviously this has been a really bad day for us. It was a strange crash in only my second full lap, in a slow section of the track. I tried to stop the bike as usual but I knew something was wrong and couldn’t avoid going down.
“After the crash I knew immediately that I was injured because it was very painful. I had a big impact in my left ankle and also my collarbone was broken as I hit the track – so obviously it feels very unlucky because recently we have had really good results.
“I’ve been very healthy through the pre-season and through the year and we had been working a lot to get to and stay at the maximum level. Another injury to contend with is really not what I needed – I don’t feel as though I deserve it.”
Check out the video of Dani Pedrosa’s crash at Motegi (before they get taken down from YouTube):
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