Fighting pain and desperation, recently operated Spaniard Dani Pedrosa is raring to compete on the track. A morale booster before the season ends; the youngest 250cc GP champion will burn tires in the final MotoGP race in Valencia.
A question in every fan’s mind is: “Is Dani Pedrosa pushes his limits for the race?” For someone who is known as the master of testing and developing machines, Pedrosa’s inputs will be crucial for the racing team before MotoGP is shut down in the winters. This tweet meant that he is still dealing with excruciating pain.
— Dani Pedrosa (@26_DaniPedrosa) November 3, 2016
With Spaniard ‘declared’ fit to race, Repsol Honda will see the reunion of the reigning World Champion Marc Marquez and Pedrosa at Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana . His injuries notwithstanding, Dani can eye his 12 podiums and 7th win in Valencia, especially when he will be racing in front of his home fans. Pedrosa paired up with his teammate Marquez in the official brand event for Honda’s race team activities.
— Repsol Honda Team (@HRC_MotoGP) November 7, 2016
The 31-year old crashed out of the Japanese Grand Prix during the practice run. A fractured right collarbone cracked right shin bone and dislocated left foot meant that the season was over for Pedrosa, who is currently placed 6th in the rider’s table.
The twin ring circuit at Motegi hasn’t been very kind to the Spaniard as this is the 4th time in 12 years that he had to crash out of the Japanese GP. In 2010, he had suffered a fracture on the left collarbone and a sprained ankle. However, this time, Pedrosa is determined to come back. It took just over 3 weeks to fight pain and bruised ego to be back on track. Meanwhile, he is yet to start practicing for the November 12 MotoGP race.
Unlike with Marquez, the season so far hasn’t been kind to Dani Pedrosa so far as he has managed to grab only one win so far. Despite the surgery in Barcelona to fix his collarbone, the motivation to win at Valencia is an all-time high for the Spaniard.
The return of Dani Pedrosa means that the Repsol Honda team has the final opportunity to dunk past the current leader in the Team’s Championship table, Movistar Yamaha.
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