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Pedrosa to Undergo Surgery After Spanish GP

Dani Pedrosa's medical problems will be dealt with after this weekend's race at Jerez, as it was confirmed the Spanish rider will undergo surgery next week due to an intermittent compression of the subclavian artery.

What that means, according to the medical diagnosis, is that his left arm is suffering from lack of strength and numbness. During the operation next week, the titanium plate and screws from his previous medical intervention last October will be taken out of his collarbone in order to release the compression pressure.

The Repsol Honda rider had suffered an operation last autumn following a double collarbone fracture sustained during a crash in the practice session of the Japanese Grand Prix.

It's never nice to have an operation, but we've had a lot of time searching for an answer to the effects of this injury and I'm relaxed because I finally know what has happened,” said Pedrosa, who will use the entire month of no MotoGP action after the Spanish GP – caused by the postponement of the Japanese GP – to recuperate from the surgery.

Pedrosa insisted that once his medical situation has been clarified, his mind has switched complete focus to this weekend's race, which he'll tackle in front of a home crowd.

Now, we are in Jerez and I want to concentrate on the race, working with my team in best possible way to prepare the Grand Prix. This race is special, the crowd is always there to give you an extra point and I hope it helps me, as always. I like the track, I've had always good results here and I face the weekend with an open mind, trying to do my best in my current condition.”

Pedrosa started complaining about pain in his left arm ever since the late stages of winter testing. In the season opening Qatar GP, the Spaniard started the race well enough but midway through the race he started to lose pace because of his struggles with his affected arm.

Following the Jerez race this weekend, the MotoGP caravan will enjoy a 4-week break, until the Portuguese GP, scheduled for April 29 – May 1.
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