Pedrosa Feels Ready for Racing Return at Estoril

Capirossi isn’t the only injured rider to confirm his presence at the upcoming Portuguese Grand Prix, as Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa is also feeling prepared to race. After the practice crash at Motegi, Pedrosa sustained a collarbone fracture, which made him miss the Japanese and Malaysian GPs.

The 25-year-old tried to return to the track at Phillip Island, but the discomfort during practice and qualifying proved he was still not fit to race. He has decided to make a comeback at Estoril, but admits he needs to wait until practice to make a definitive decision.

“We get back on track this weekend at Estoril and, in principle, the situation should be much better than it was for me in Australia,” Pedrosa was quoted as saying in a release. “The Estoril circuit is not as demanding as Phillip Island and this should help me to feel more comfortable on the bike. Plus I've had some more time to recover which should help too."

“This kind of injury needs time to heal and with two more weeks having passed I'm really looking forward to seeing how much the shoulder has improved. I went to visit the doctor last Tuesday to have the stitches removed, and the scar is fine,”
the Spaniard added.

Pedrosa is confident in his participation at Estoril, as the Portuguese track saw him clinching podium finishes in the past three seasons.

“In terms of the track layout, Estoril has some hard braking areas and it's bumpy, but the fact that it has more right hand corners than left can be good for us. So, I'm looking forward to getting there with my team and seeing how I feel,” he said.
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