Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa suffered a broken collarbone during a huge free practice at the Twin Ring Motegi, ruling him out of all three flyaway races.
The 2015 Japanese Grand Prix winner was looking to build on his Misano victory, when in the closing stages of the free practice two, the Spaniard was building up before one final quick run, he was thrown from his Honda RC213V at turn 11.
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Despite being shot out of the saddle at the end of the rear straight, Pedrosa was able to walk away from the crash, albeit with assistance from the Japanese stewards, although he was supporting his left arm.
Then transferring to the trackside medical centre, initial fears were confirmed and it had been confirmed that Pedrosa had fractured his left collarbone. With the break confirmed, the Repsol Honda team confirmed that Pedrosa would fly back to Spain Friday night ahead of surgery in Barcelona.
With Pedrosa not only ruled out of the this weekend’s race, but the three flyaway races, Honda have sought the services of test rider Hiro Aoyama to stand in for Pedrosa in front of his home crowd. The former 250cc World Champion has stood in for Pedrosa in previous years, and will hope for a solid result in front of his home fans.
Barring something extremely unexpected, Pedrosa will now lose fourth place in the MotoGP World Championship to Maverick Viñales. The Suzuki rider is only just six points behind Pedrosa with three races in three weeks.
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