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GP Week : Issue 119
What price a broken collarbone? It cost Dani Pedrosa a chance of the championship last year, and again this year. He’d only just recovered from complications from his left collar-bone break last year when he broke his right one at Le Mans three weeks ago. The injury was screwed and plated a couple of days later, and everyone expected him back for Catalunya. He didn’t make it. On Friday in Spain, it was the turn of Colin Edwards. He snapped his right collarbone, and went directly to the same Dexeus clinic which repaired Pedrosa last year. The injury was plated and screwed, and on Sunday he was back and ready to put on his leathers. In 141 GP races, he hadn’t missed one yet, and the Texan didn’t intend to miss the 142nd either. To the relief of all, he was taken straight to the medical centre, and failed the medical – an unusual case in the liberal world of MotoGP medicine, where even concussion is generally treated lightly, and nobody requires that a rider should be able to walk before he can ride a motorbike. But the will to ride was there. Why was it absent in Dani’s case? Turns out the Spaniard had run into further complications for this second injury. Officially he had injured his left shoulder “in a domestic accident”. Unofficially, he had actually dislocated it the week before the race, crashing a Supermotard bike. The truth is out there somewhere, and it is surprising that Repsol Honda didn’t want to reveal it. Without it, Dani looked flimsy and a bit of a ninny, for not turning up at the race. Especially when compared with the gung- ho Texan. A tale of two injuries 26