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GP Week : Issue 116
One thing was clear after the Pedrosa/Simoncelli clash. Dani Pedrosa’s title challenge is in tatters. The fragility of the little Spaniard was already legendary. Now another crash, one from which you might reasonably expect to walk away unhurt (especially if you’re wearing airbag leathers) has put him down and out again. There was no clear news at the track about the severity of his injury. The collarbone is broken, but how badly we don’t know. He was examined quickly at the medical centre, then left at once to get back to Spain for repair. If he gets what he deserves, it will be something minor and easily fixed. A couple of screws perhaps, a couple of weeks rest, and he’ll be back on board for his home GP in Catalunya in three weeks time. Dani’s history suggests otherwise. More than any other rider, when he falls, he gets hurt. His build is very slight, and his bones are fragile. And he takes a long time to heal. His last collarbone fracture proved that. It happened last October at Motegi, and though he did come back for the last couple of races of the year, he was far from fighting form. More to the point, the lingering after-effects were still giving him trouble at the start of this season, at Qatar at the end of March. Only after further surgery to remove the collarbone plate and relieve internal pressure on an artery could he consider himself fixed, if not fully up to strength. He promptly won the next race. I’m not sure that Dani would be a very popular champion outside Spain. His shrinking personality doesn’t propel him towards world stardom like Rossi’s does. All the same, he didn’t deserve to have yet another chance of trying for it wrested away so unceremoniously. Fragile Dani MOTOGP LE MANS >> 27