That Dani Pedrosa would choose not to race at Barcelona was unfortunate, but not unexpected. After breaking yet another collarbone at Le Mans, just weeks after surgery to remove the plate from his other collarbone (his left one) which he broke at Motegi, Pedrosa was still not fully fit to race.
However, when Pedrosa failed to even attend Barcelona - his home round, hailing from Sabadell, just 15km from the Montmelo circuit - rumors started to circulate among the Spanish media that something more serious lay behind the Spaniard's absence. The Spanish media claimed Pedrosa had injured himself while training, while the Repsol team would say nothing beyond Pedrosa having had a "domestic accident".
Today, the Repsol Honda team announced officially that Pedrosa will also be missing Silverstone, and provided a convincing explanation for his absence. The plate fitted to his right collarbone use much smaller screws than normal, a step taken to ease Pedrosa's fears after the screws in the previous plate caused Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, blocking the flow of blood to his left arm. As a result, the injury is taking longer to heal, and Pedrosa wants to come back fully fit, rather than struggle on while not yet 100%.
Below is the press release from the Repsol Honda Team.
Dani Pedrosa will not race in Silverstone
Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa will not race in Silverstone next weekend.
Dani's right shoulder, that suffered a fracture during the crash in Le Mans, has had a plate and screws attached which are much smaller than the common ones used, hoping to reduce the chance of further vascular problems he endured after the left shoulder surgery in October last year, which forced him to remove the screws and plate before the Estoril GP.
With such a small plate and screws, recovery time is not as rapid as similar surgeries and to avoid any further complications Dani has decided, with doctors recommendations to postpone his comeback until he is 100% fit.
"After dedicating some time entirely to recover, I have decided not to take part in the British Grand Prix this week. I've done everything I could to be fit in time for Silverstone, but the conditions are not right to return to compete with guarantees. I need to feel 100% fit before I get on the bike again and to be sure I can fight for the victory, I don't want to go out there just to do laps. I've raced many times with pain and the experience tells me I'm still not ready to be competitive. I've decided not to take further risks and will instead continue my recovery process so I may return in the best possible way. It's time for me to be logical and not only follow what my heart says, or my desire to return. I want to return as soon as possible, but I want to do it when I have ability to fight to win. It's not the time yet".