The crash on lap 18 of the Le Mans MotoGP race could have serious consequences for Dani Pedrosa. The crash, caused when Marco Simoncelli cut across Pedrosa's bow entering the Chemin aux Boeufs esses, leaving Pedrosa nowhere to go but into Simoncelli's back wheel, saw Pedrosa flipped off his back and land heavily on his right-hand side. Pedrosa got up clutching his right shoulder, and was taken to the Clinica Mobile where X-rays diagnosed a broken collarbone.
According to various media reports from the track, the break is a relatively clean one. This is good news for the Spaniard, as it offers his best chance of recovery for the next races. But the bad news is that Pedrosa could be forced to miss at least one race, the next one being his home race at the Montmelo track in Barcelona.
Pedrosa is reportedly heading home now, and will be examined by Dr Xavier Mir in Barcelona. However, the Spaniard may be reluctant to have surgery, given the terrible experience he had the last time he broke his collarbone, at Motegi last October. In that incident - which involved his left collarbone, not the right as in this incident - Pedrosa had a plate fitted to fix the bone while it healed. However, complications with the location of the plate cut the flow of blood to his left arm, leaving him with no strength or feeling at the end of a long race. Pedrosa had that plate removed immediately after the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez, and was hugely relieved once that plate was gone, speaking openly of his fears that it could have been a career ending injury. Another plate in his shoulder is almost certainly the last thing the Spaniard would want.
No official word has yet been issued on either the full diagnosis or a course of treatment for Pedrosa. An official press release will most likely be issued some time next week.