Pedrosa to Miss Jerez Test Due to Wrist Injury

Dani Pedrosa has received another bad news following his latest wrist surgery yesterday. According to USP Institut Universitari Dexeus's Dr. Bartolome Ferreira – the man who was handed the Pedrosa surgery to – the Repsol Honda rider will need at least 4 weeks to fully recover from his wrist and knee injuries suffered during his crash in the second session of the Qatar testing this week.

The Spaniard crashed out on Turn 10 of the Losail International Circuit, with the bike landing on top of him on the process. This led to further injuries to his wrist and knee, where he had suffered medical interventions in the past. Pedrosa broke is wrist during last year's German Grand Prix, while also damaging his knee at Phillip Island later on.

The first time his wrist gave him some headaches – following a surgery he underwent this winter – was during the Sepang testing in February. He then had to pull out of the group test due to intense pain on his wrist, therefore missing out on the last day.

This week, at Losail, Perdosa had only half of day of testing, as the crash happened during the mid-session. Although it seemed nothing serious at the time, he was taken to Barcelona for further evaluations. After finding out a fracture on his left wrist, the doctors inserted a titanium screw in his left wrist, while also taking a skin graft from his thigh to repair his wounds from his left knee.

“We have to wait for the injury to heal. In three weeks the patient will be able to start making slight movements, to then start flexing in at least four weeks' time,” said Ferreira, as reported by

With the next testing session at Jerez schedule in late March, Pedrosa will more than likely miss his only chance to get the grips on the 2009-spec bike. He will therefore debut the new Honda in 2009 with less than 3 days of testing under his belt.
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