News 10 Jan 2019

Surgery prevents Pedrosa from Red Bull KTM MotoGP testing

Retired MotoGP legend to undergo extensive collarbone rehabilitation.

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Dani Pedrosa is set face a broad and demanding process of physical recovery from the complex double stress fracture of the right collarbone in the coming months, preventing him from participating in planned pre-season testing with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing.

Retiring at the conclusion of 2018, the Spanish MotoGP legend will follow a meticulous medical plan that includes tissue repair surgery, with graft contribution constituted by its own stem cells, which has been determined as the best and most effective way of rehabilitating the injury.

“Unexpectedly I had a double stress fracture in the right collarbone, just in a gesture of strength,” said Pedrosa. “Over the years I have had several fractures in that area and the last time was in three parts, leaving it sclerotic.

“The middle part does not have enough blood flow, creating osteoporosis, so it requires an effective solution to regenerate the bone and achieve adequate recovery. After undergoing several tests and medical consultations, the clear recommendation is the total recovery and bone health.”

Pedrosa signed on as a test rider with the Austrian manufacturer, completing his first tests aboard the RC16 last December at Jerez in Spain. He’ll return to his duties once completely recovered, while still remaining completely involved in the project.

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