Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Injured Pedrosa to miss Malaysia

Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang
Date: 9-10 October
Saturday 9 October: Qualifying, 0550-0900, BBC Red Button/online
Sunday 10 October: 125cc & Moto2, 0350-0605, BBC Red Button/online, MotoGP, 0845-1000, BBC Two/online, MotoGP repeat, 1045-1200, BBC Red Button/online

Dani Pedrosa
Pedrosa crashed his Honda in horrific fashion in Japan on 1 October

Honda's Dani Pedrosa will miss Sunday's Malaysian MotoGP after breaking his left collarbone last week.

That means championship leader Jorge Lorenzo only needs to finish in the top 10 to be crowned world champion with three races of the season to spare.

A Repsol Honda statement said there had been "a very slim chance" Pedrosa could have made the trip from Spain.

But "after careful consideration he has made the understandable decision to stay at home to continue his recovery".

Pedrosa, 25, returned to Spain for surgery to insert a plate in his collarbone after the crash in practice for last weekend's Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi.

He was the only rider who could possibly have caught Fiat Yamaha rider Lorenzo and prevented him winning the title, but even then it would have taken a remarkable loss of form by his compatriot.

"The target for his return remains the Australian Grand Prix, practice for which begins on 15 October," continued the statement from Pedrosa's team.

"In his absence, the Repsol Honda Team will not field a replacement rider this weekend, and so Andrea Dovizioso will fly the flag alone for the factory Honda squad in Malaysia."

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