MotoGP – Pedrosa may race in Austin

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Honda’s MotoGP boss Livio Suppo has revealed he expects Dani Pedrosa to compete in the second round of the championship in Austin next month despite his physical problems.

The Repsol Honda star had qualified second on the grid for last weekend’s season opener but dropped to sixth under the floodlights during the race, and afterwards issued a statement explaining that he had been suffering with chronic arm pump for a year and that surgery to solve the loss of feeling and strength in his right forearm has not worked.

The concern for Pedrosa is that a further operation may actually make the problem worse, but Repsol Honda team manager Livio Suppo has downplayed suggestions that Pedrosa’s career is in danger, saying he expects the Spaniard to race in the United States.

“We’ll need a few days, but if I have to give my opinion, I think Dani will be in Austin,” Suppo told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I think it was the outburst of a guy who has continued to ride, hiding the problem because he thought the public would think he was using it as an excuse. Now it has exploded.”

Pedrosa has been a factory Honda MotoGP rider since 2006, winning 26 grands prix and finishing runner-up in the world championship three times. His last race win came at Brno last August.

The Austin MotoGP race takes place on April 12.

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