Dani Pedrosa's crash at the Sachsenring could have more serious consequences than he feared. After examination by Doctor Mir at the Dexeus Institute in Barcelona, the Spaniard's injuries, especially to his left hand, are fairly serious, and will require more treatment and observation before a decision can be made on whether Pedrosa will be able to take part in the US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca next weekend. Dr Mir told reporters that a decision would be made within 32 hours, but that inflamed tendons were adding to Pedrosa's broken finger, making riding a motorcycle extremely difficult.
Pedrosa's crash meant that he went from a 4 point championship lead to being 16 points behind Valentino Rossi. If the Repsol Honda rider is forced to miss Laguna Seca as well, he could find himself up to 41 points behind the Italian 7 time World Champion, leaving Pedrosa with an almost insurmountable mountain to climb if he is to claim his first MotoGP title this year. We'll know whether he will participate very soon.