MotoGP: Pedrosa Breaks Collarbone

Championship imminent for Lorenzo

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Oct. 01, 2010
The 2011 MotoGP Championship is effectively over after Dani Pedrosa fractured his collarbone during a practice session ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix. Pedrosa is expected to miss a couple of rounds, and barring a miraculous recovery, the 2011 championship will go to Jorge Lorenzo.

The Honda rider crashed just five minutes into the Friday practice section at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit. Pedrosa went down as he approached turn nine, the V Corner. The RC212V fell over, trapping Pedrosa’s left leg as it slid into the gravel but it was his shoulder hitting the ground that caused the double fracture to Pedrosa’s collarbone.

Dani Pedrosa broke his collarbone in a crash during a practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix.

The Repsol Honda team later released a statement attributing the crash to a problem with the throttle cable that prevented Pedrosa from closing the throttle as he approached the turn.

“Obviously this has been a really bad day for us,” says Pedrosa. “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.”

Pedrosa is scheduled to undergo surgery to have a plate installed on his collarbone. There is no timetable for how soon he can return to racing, but with a 56-point deficit in the championship and just five rounds remaining including three in three weeks beginning with Motegi, Pedrosa’s title hopes are essentially over.

Jorge Lorenzo can't officially claim the title yet, but if Pedrosa misses at least three races, the Fiat Yamaha rider will be crowned the 2011 MotoGP Champion.

Lorenzo still can’t officially be crowned the 2011 World Champion just yet however. The Fiat Yamaha rider can’t mathematically clinch the championship until the Oct. 10 round at Malaysia’s Sepang circuit at the earliest.

“I don’t want to think for now how Dani’s situation will affect me, but I am sorry for him, it's very bad luck to be injured at this stage of the season,” says Lorenzo.

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