PAIN IN SPAIN: Honda MotoGP rider Dani Pedrosa looks surprised as an AFP photographer catches him during pre-season testing at Sepang in February 2015. He's now had arm surgery in Spain. Image: AFP / Mohd Rasfan
MADRID, Spain - MotoGP star rider Dani Pedrosa, 29, has had successful surgery to ease a persistent arm problem but could be sidelined from racing for as long as six weeks.
His team, Repsol Honda, said: "He will miss the MotoGP in the United States on April 12 and the race in Argentina a week later while he recovers from the operation."
Experienced race and test rider Hiroshi Aoyama will take Pedrosa's place on the grid with current MotoGP champion and Honda rider Marc Marquez.
MUSCLE SHEATH PROBLEM
The surgical procedure was done on Good Friday (April 2 2015) in Madrid, Spain, and will be followed by regular check-ups over coming weeks. After that will come physiotherapy.
The operation was done in an attempt to cure a problem common among motorcycle racers: pressure builds in the forearm, causes intense pain and makes riding a bike difficult when the muscle becomes too big for the muscle sheath.
Pedrosa, whose compatriot Marquez won the 2013 and 2014 championships, was sixth in the season-opener in Qatar on March 29 which was won by Valentino Rossi.