Dani Pedrosa Fractures Collarbone In 3 Places, Could Miss Next Three Races

Dani Pedrosa's chances of snatching the 2010 MotoGP championship from under Jorge Lorenzo's nose suffered what could be a fatal blow at Motegi. The Repsol Honda rider crashed on his 3rd lap of the first session of free practice in Japan, falling unluckily and fracturing his collarbone in three places.

The crash happened under braking into Turn 9, the V corner before the hairpin. Pedrosa was slammed to the ground on his left shoulder, causing the fractured collarbone. Pedrosa was taken to the medical center, where x-rays revealed the triple fracture of his left collarbone. Pedrosa will need surgery to plate the collarbone, but it is still not clear whether the Spaniard will have the operation in Japan or back in Spain.

The injury effectively ends Pedrosa's championship challenge. The Repsol Honda rider is almost certain to miss the Japanese Grand Prix, allowing Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo to extend his 56-point lead. With three races back-to-back over the coming three weekends, there is a strong possibility that Pedrosa could be forced to miss the Motegi, Sepang and Phillip Island MotoGP rounds, which would make it impossible for Pedrosa to win the championship.

UPDATE

According to Spanish magazine Motociclismo, Pedrosa's manager Alberto Puig told Spanish TV station TVE that Pedrosa had still not decided on his course of action. "The first thing is for Dani to have an operation, and we'll see what happens after that. We don't know whether he will have the operation in Japan or will return to Spain for it. It's far too early to make any decisions," Puig told TVE.

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for Dani to have this happen. It appeared on the broadcast like his left leg was more the problem but obviously that wasn't the case. Barring injury to Lorenzo, this championship is done.

That's terrible luck! Now Jlo can cruise it in. It would have been great to see Pedrosa really turning up the heat on him in the last 5 races to see if he could make him wobble a bit. Oh well ...... does this mean Honda will have to get in a replacement rider?

MotoGP Medical Director Dr. Michele Macchiagodena (on video) states that Dani has 3 fractures in the left collar bone and needs surgery. If they can arrange the surgery today or tomorrow it will be done in Japan, which seems to be the preferred option, if not Dani will go to Spain.

The injury to his left ankle is just a contusion. X-ray shows old fractures but nothing new.

He will not race this weekend and the Doctor thought Australia was the most reasonable for return.

This breaks my heart. I'm a huge Dani fan. I wish him well!

"Dani Pedrosa's chances of snatching the 2010 MotoGP championship from under Jorge Lorenzo's nose suffered what could be a fatal blow at Motegi."

A bit of an understatement David. Assuming he returns in Australia -- which is what was mentioned on the official MotoGP site, and would mean missing two races (Motegi + Malaysia) -- since Pedrosa is currently 56 points behind, Lorenzo would (e.g.) basically have to DNF in four of the remaining five races, and finish no better than 11th in the other one, with Pedrosa winning each of the final three races after his return, for Pedrosa to win the title.

More interesting might be 3rd place between Rossi and Stoner. Which is pretty amazing considering Rossi's terrible injury. And I guess goes to show how relatively poor Stoner's performances have been in 2010.

This year's title chase had a lot of promise, but unfortunately with Stoner crashing out at the beginning, and then too often not performing up to par, then Rossi's injury, it sort of fizzled, only to be somewhat revived by Pedrosa's great form of late.

A shame, I really feel sorry for him.

That's too bad for Pedrosa, not that I particularly support any rider but I still want to see everyone out there for some good racing action.

But anything could happen in the coming races... nothing to say that Rossi, Lorenzo or Stoner couldn't have big upsets... Could be an interesting finish to the year, yet.

What can you do when Fortuna sticks so firmly to Lorenzo.

If Dani wouldn't have crashed today, Fortuna probably would have send a meteor for him just to make sure we don't get a championship this year.