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GP Week : Issue 121
Dani changes doctors as injury nightmare continues Moto GP news >> FACTORY Honda rider Dani Pedrosa is a doubtful starter for next weekend’s Dutch TT, facing missing a third race, after needing a second bout of surgery to the collar-bone fracture he suffered in his headlong crash with Marco Simoncelli at Le Mans. The Repsol rider switched surgeons for the operation, going back to the man who took the blame from problems after his previous surgery on the other collar-bone at the end of last season. That operation was performed by Dr Xavier Mir at Barcelona’s Dexeus Clinic; but when circulation problems blighted the first races of this year Pedrosa chose a different medical team for corrective surgery, removing the plate prematurely and easing pressure inside his left shoulder. Pedrosa chose the same doctors, Joaquim Casañas and César García-Madrid, to repair the damage at Le Mans, this time inserting a plate. But there were again complications, and when a loose chip of bone he returned to Dr Mir. It was successfully re-attached last Thursday, and now he again faces a fight for fitness for the next race. At the same time, rumours in Spain that the rider incurred further injury crashing a Supermotard after the first surgery were reinforced by the wording of the Honda team’s statement, that the reattachment was of “a small fragment of bone that had dislodged during the rehabilitation process”. Repsol Honda’s replacement plan, as reported last week, is to move Hiro Aoyama up from the San Carlo Gresini squad, with factory tester Kousuke Akiyoshi on stand-by to ride the satellite-team machine. Six Moto2 teams accepted for MotoGP 15