GLORY DAY FOR DANI: Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa with the winner's trophy after the 2013 Malaysian MotoGP at the Sepang track in Malaysia.Image: AFP
LOSAIL, Qatar – Honda MotoGP rider Dani Pedrosa has announced he will take a break from racing to seek medical advice for an arm-cramps problem that surgery has failed to fix.
The Spaniard, 29, said in a team release after coming sixth in the 2015 season-opening Qatar GP under floodlights here on March 29: “Tonight's race didn't go to plan. I had serious problems with my right forearm, which isn't good news for me.
"I worked very hard over the winter to find a solution because I was suffering in every race in 2015.”
PLAGUED BY INJURY
Pedrosa added: "Every doctor recommended that I not undergo another operation and I have tried to look for alternatives but by the looks of things nothing is working positively.
“Now I have to assess my options and see what I can do."
The rider, whose career has been plagued by injury, doubted he would ride in the second race of the season, the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on April 12.
Team mate and compatriot Marc Marquez won the 2013 and 2014 MotoGP riders’ titles while Pedrosa, who has not won a race since the August 2014 Czech GP, struggled with arm cramps.
Pedrosa said he was going through "probably the most difficult moment" of his career.
"I will do my best to find a solution but at this moment it is difficult to imagine what it could be.”