Repsol Honda could be forced to field two stand-in riders this weekend as both Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are out injured and may be incapable of racing.
Pedrosa underwent an operation to fix the chronic arm pump that plagued him during the season opener in Qatar. This problem, common among motorcycle racers, is a build-up of pressure in the forearm causing great pain, and makes riding a bike exceptionally difficult when the muscle becomes too big for the ‘sack’ that it sits in. And although the operation has been described as being ‘successful’, it may be too soon for Pedrosa to make a return.
The Repsol team’s rider problems are further compounded by reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez breaking his little finger in his left hand in a dirt track training accident. And although he underwent a successful operation to fix a titanium plate to his finger, there is still a possibility that Marquez won’t be race fit at Jerez.
That would leave the HRC squad a rider short – Aoyama would continue to deputise for Pedrosa, but who would fill Marquez’s boots? HRC’s official test rider Stoner? WSBK’s Van Der Mark? Watch this space…