Dani Pedrosa admits he needs to “assess his options” after an arm injury which left him in agony during Sunday’s Qatar Grand Prix. The Spaniard has been riding through the pain for the best part of a year but hoped he had overcome the problem ahead of tonight’s season opener, only for the injury to flare up again.
Pedrosa now looks set to take a break from MotoGP as he looks for a solution but the 29 year old admits he doesn’t have an idea when he will be able to ride pain-free again.
“Tonight’s race didn’t go to plan and unfortunately, I had serious problems with my right forearm which isn’t good news for me. I worked very hard over the winter in order to find a solution, because I was suffering in every race last season. Every doctor recommended that I not undergo another operation and I have tried to look for alternatives, but by the looks of things nothing is working positively for it. Now I have to assess my options and see what I can do. It is probably the most difficult moment of my career. I will do my best to find a solution but in this moment it is difficult to imagine what it could be.”
Pedrosa’s news completes a miserable Sunday for Repsol Honda with Marc Marquez only managing fifth after a disastrous first corner which dropped him to the back of the field. The defending champion took responsibility for the error and hopes to back in the victory hunt at Texas next time out.
“We should be happy because we have salvaged eleven important points, when we could easily have left here with none. It was a tough race, in which I made a mistake at the first corner and dropped back to last place. This meant that I had to make a comeback, pushing hard all through the race, but in the end I saw that I could not catch the group at the front. The positive that I’ll take from today is that we rode at a similar pace to the lead group. In Austin we will continue to work hard, with an even stronger desire to do well.”