The collarbone Dani Pedrosa broke in Le Mans remains a problem for the Spaniard. Pedrosa fractured his right collarbone in the crash with Marco Simoncelli which saw the Italian penalized and stirred up a good deal of controversy. Coming as it did just a few weeks after Pedrosa had finally had the plate removed from his left collarbone, which had been partially blocking his brachial artery and causing Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, the fracture caused a massive dilemma for the Spaniard: should he plate the collarbone and attempt to return to racing as quickly as possible, and go through the misery and stress of worrying about a repeat of his previous experience, or should he be patient and wait for the bone to heal naturally, potentially missing two or three races and writing off any chance he may have for the title?
In the end, Pedrosa decided in favor of speed rather than caution, and opted for surgery to plate his broken right collarbone. But despite the surgery, Pedrosa is still not certain of taking part in his home Grand Prix at Barcelona. Writing in his blog on the Repsol website, Pedrosa says that he is still not thinking about the race in under two weeks time. He is taking things one milestone at a time, Pedrosa writes, the following step being having physio on the shoulder to help him mobilize it, after having it immobilized since the operation. He is unwilling to look much beyond that at the moment, saying only, "I have to see how my collarbone develops day by day." His goal is to follow his training and medical regime religiously, and ensure he is fit enough to ride the bike as well as he can.
An early decision on a return to racing is unlikely. Pedrosa will probably wait until the middle of next week - just a couple of days before the event is due to begin - before deciding on whether to race or not. Having the race just a few tens of kilometers from his home gives him the luxury of making that choice.