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GP Week : Issue 114
One injury all races fear is to the scaphoid bone in the wrist. But the bogey-man of MotoGP recently has moved up to plague riders’ shoulders. Thankfully for the rather depleted grid, shoulders (unlike scaphoids) do seem eventually to recover. Estoril marked the turning point both for Pedrosa and Rossi. Dani had been suffering numbness in his left arm because of residual problems from his broken collarbone at Motegi in October last year. Directly after Jerez surgeons removed the plate and relieved the area around the artery that was being constricted, but Dani was far from sure that the problem was fixed ... even in practice, where he confined himself to short runs to avoid stressing the injury. The race proved that he was better. “Of course I had muscle pain because of the surgery and because I need more strength. But there was no numbness. I am so happy about that,” he said after the race. Rossi’s shoulder, injured in a motocross training crash after the first race of last year, has been more of a problem, spoiling the rest of that year and putting him onto the operating table directly after the final tests of last season. Recovery has been very slow, and he revealed at Estoril that there were times he thought he would never recover fully. But that time of waiting is over, and the Portuguese race was the proof. “It is still not 100 percent: I am missing about 15 percent of strength, and in the race I had pain in my left leg, because I have to hook it on the tank to compensate. But here I could ride how I like to, and I think by Barcelona (one month away) I will be fully recovered. “I am really happy about that,” he said. Shouldering the burden 26