Dani Pedrosa's chances of snatching the 2010 MotoGP championship from under Jorge Lorenzo's nose suffered what could be a fatal blow at Motegi. The Repsol Honda rider crashed on his 3rd lap of the first session of free practice in Japan, falling unluckily and fracturing his collarbone in three places.
The crash happened under braking into Turn 9, the V corner before the hairpin. Pedrosa was slammed to the ground on his left shoulder, causing the fractured collarbone. Pedrosa was taken to the medical center, where x-rays revealed the triple fracture of his left collarbone. Pedrosa will need surgery to plate the collarbone, but it is still not clear whether the Spaniard will have the operation in Japan or back in Spain.
The injury effectively ends Pedrosa's championship challenge. The Repsol Honda rider is almost certain to miss the Japanese Grand Prix, allowing Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo to extend his 56-point lead. With three races back-to-back over the coming three weekends, there is a strong possibility that Pedrosa could be forced to miss the Motegi, Sepang and Phillip Island MotoGP rounds, which would make it impossible for Pedrosa to win the championship.
According to Spanish magazine Motociclismo, Pedrosa's manager Alberto Puig told Spanish TV station TVE that Pedrosa had still not decided on his course of action. "The first thing is for Dani to have an operation, and we'll see what happens after that. We don't know whether he will have the operation in Japan or will return to Spain for it. It's far too early to make any decisions," Puig told TVE.
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