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GP Week : Issue 37
>>Moto GPnews Pedrosa may not make season start DANI Pedrosa may miss the opening of the MotoGP season after the factory Repsol Honda rider was injured again in a crash in official tests at Qatar. The Spaniard suffered left arm and knee injuries in the high-sider spill, on the second of three nights under floodlights at the desert circuit. Flown home to Barcelona for surgery, Pedrosa had a titanium screw inserted to mend the fractured arm, and was discharged on Saturday, March 7. The left knee was not broken, but surface damage complicated the issue. The rest of the three-hour operation was devoted to a skin graft to his knee. Pedrosa has been told that he must not bend the knee for at least four weeks. This clearly rules him out of the final round of tests, at Jerez in the last weekend of March, and makes him a very doubtful starter for the first race at Qatar two weeks later. “The objective is to try and be fit. I have fallen many times, and I always fought back, and I will do it again,”said Pedrosa, after describing how “in the beginning it will be tough trying to give the skin and knee some elasticity.” “When I arrived the knee did not look very good, but the operation went well, and I am pleased,”he said. Pedrosa was leading the World Championship last year when he crashed at the German GP, with injuries sustained spoiling the rest of his season. Footnote: Pedrosa missed Saturday’s public launch of the Repsol team, leaving new team-mate Andrea Dovizioso to be star of the show. Dani addressed his home Spanish crowd via a video link. 13