The only person who had a chance to challenge Jorge Lorenzo for the 2010 MotoGP championship, has broken his collarbone. Dani Pedrosa, who has won two of his last three races and was determined to finish the season strong, fractured his left collarbone during the opening free practice session at the JapanGP.
Pedrosa only made it around the track twice during the opening session, before he fell of his RC212V and suffered a triple-segment fracture to his left clavical.
Pedrosa was taken to see Michele Machiagodena, the MotoGP Medical Director. Machiagodena does not know how long Pedrosa will be out, but he will miss the race at Motegi for sure.
“When he crashed he suffered a multiple fracture of the left collarbone, and that requires an operation to have the best chance of returning to racing as soon as possible,” explained Macchiagodena. “But not for this race, of course.”
The MotoGP has races on the following two weekends, so Pedrosa doesn't have much time to rest or recover.
Macchiagodena says that Pedrosa's recovery depends on many things, but he is hopeful that he will be back in time for Australia in two weeks.