In the press release issued yesterday by the Repsol Honda team, Dani Pedrosa described his chances of racing in Sepang as "very small". Today comes confirmation that even those chances have disappeared, as the team has issued a new press release confirming that Pedrosa has decided to skip the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang and focus instead on returning at Phillip Island a week later.
That the decision was not made easily, and was in doubt for a long time is evident from a story over on GPOne.com. As early as this morning, Spanish TV commentator and former World Champion Alex Criville believed Pedrosa would fly to Sepang and try to practice on Saturday, missing out on Friday practice. Criville is still very close to the HRC and Repsol Honda organization, and would be well aware of Pedrosa's plans. But the official communique has now ruled that out. If Jorge Lorenzo finishes 9th or better on Sunday, the Fiat Yamaha rider will now be champion.
Date : 07/10/2010
PEDROSA'S ABSENCE CONFIRMED FOR MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX
It has been confirmed today that Repsol Honda Team rider Dani Pedrosa will not take part in this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix. Pedrosa underwent surgery on Saturday to fix a titanium plate to the collarbone he broke during practice for last weekend's Grand Prix of Japan. After the successful operation, there was a very slim chance that the Spaniard would be fit enough to make the journey from Barcelona to Malaysia and attempt to take part in this weekend's MotoGP race.
However, after careful consideration, Pedrosa has made the understandable decision to stay at home to continue his recovery. The target for his return remains the Australian Grand Prix, practice for which begins on October 15. In Pedrosa's absence, the Repsol Honda Team will not field a replacement rider this weekend, and so Andrea Dovizioso will fly the flag alone for the factory Honda squad in Malaysia.