Author: Oli Rushby Pics: Bonnie Lane Posted: 29 Mar 2015
Dani Pedrosa could opt to take an unexpected sabbatical from racing in the MotoGP World Championship after revealing he’s suffering from continuing problems with arm pump.
After finishing sixth in the opening round of the 2015 season in Qatar, Pedrosa made a statement to gathered media stating that he would not continue riding without resolving ongoing issues with his right forearm.
“In this race I had an arm pump issue which I have now had for one year," he explained after the race. "I start to have lots of problems and struggled in every race last year and haven’t performed well since then.
"I’ve been trying all this time to fix it and improve but it wasn’t easy, I couldn’t get any good answers. I went through one operation but it wasn’t successful. It was not an easy thing, Honda always knew about it. This winter I travelled all around trying to get different opinions from several doctors, to see if I could have different surgery. Unfortunately all the answers recommended no surgery due to the risk. I try to follow this advice and work a lot in a non-aggressive way but it hasn’t worked.
"Now that the race is over and I cannot perform as I know I can, I have to decide to find a way to solve the problem. I cannot continue racing and performing this way. My plan now is to try to fix my arm. I do not know what exactly this is going to be because as I said the doctors do not know what to do. Everything is quite uncertain at the moment but I hope to have news soon."
Should Pedrosa choose to take time out, the Repsol Honda team is contractually obliged to replace him. However their options appear limited. One possibility could be to promote a satellite Honda rider, but then their seat would also need filling.
After Casey Stoner’s racing return was confirmed just this week, with the Aussie set to compete at the Suzuka 8hr endurance race, rumours will no doubt gather pace that he could take the spot. However, Stoner has previously been adamant that he would never return to MotoGP making it one of the least likely options.
The most likely replacement would be one of Honda’s Japanese test riders, such as former 250GP World Champion and ex-Honda MotoGP rider Hiroshi Aoyama.
As of yet, there is no official word from Honda Racing. More when we get it.