Dani Pedrosa’s Career Could Be In Jeopardy Because Of Mysterious Arm Injury
Dani Pedrosa’s mysterious arm injury has everyone baffled and the worst part is, nobody knows exactly what’s going on. It’s come to the point that his racing career could be in trouble.
Pedrosa indicated as much after the season-opening Qatar GP, admitting that the problem has actually plagued him since last season. He said he tried racing through it and even went through an operation to try to address the problem, but none of the treatments and procedures have worked. So Pedrosa was stuck with two options: continue racing through it or shut it down completely until the problem the injury heals, if it does at all.
Pedrosa’s injury has cast another dark cloud on Repsol Honda, which was vying to win its fourth straight MotoGP constructor’s title. Obviously, the team’s championship aspirations are now nowhere near as important as Pedrosa’s long-term health. But it’s still a problem for the team that needs to be addressed as soon as possible so that it can get back to the thick of the championship race. It’s already behind the proverbial eight ball against rivals Yamaha and Ducati and it doesn’t have a whole lot of turnaround before the US Grand Prix arrives in the middle of April.
You can call it a crisis or an unfortunate development, but it’s looking more and more like Repsol Honda will have to contend this season without the services of one of its riders. It’s a tough blow for the team, but nothing compared to what Pedrosa is going through.
Hopefully, his arm injury heals in due time and this is one race that everybody will be rooting for him to win. It would be a shame if he can’t race again because of this issue.
Continue reading to read more about Dani Pedrosa’s mysterious arm injury.
Why it matters
I’m on record saying that I think Dani Pedrosa is the best MotoGP rider who hasn’t won a MotoGP title. So imagine my surprise when I heard the news that Pedrosa would be shelved indefinitely because of this arm injury.
I’m no doctor, but I’ve been around the sports world long enough to know that when that word “indefinitely” is being thrown around, it’s usually not a good thing. That’s a timetable that really isn’t. Pedrosa could wake up one day and the pain would be gone, or it could stay long enough that he has to deal with it for the rest of his life.
That’s the scary part in this scenario and one I personally wouldn’t want to see happen to the guy. It’s even tougher knowing that he’s seen a lot of doctors about the injury and none of them have advised on doing any more surgery on the arm. So what’s there left for Pedrosa?
If I were him, I’d expend every last ounce of energy I have seeking a medical opinion that could at least shed some light on the injury. It’s one thing to know what you’re going up against, but to be completely in the dark about it and not know what to do to help get it treated properly is something I wouldn’t wish on anybody, let alone a man who I admire as a motorcycle racer.
I hope that Pedrosa finds an answer sooner than later and he can go back to doing what he does best: racing.
MotoGP won’t be the same without him, that much I can say.