MotoGP’s Dani Pedrosa out for extended period for arm pump surgery

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Repsol Honda announced Thursday that driver Dani Pedrosa would have more surgery to further repair an arm pump issue which continued to plague him during the opening round of the 2015 MotoGP Championship in Qatar.

The Spaniard, who finished sixth, struggled with the injury throughout the 2014 season, even having an unsuccessful surgery after the Jerez GP in Spain.

Arm pumps can be troublesome for motorcycle drivers due to a build up of pressure in the forearm, leading to the muscle becoming too large for “sack” it sits in, according to the release.

“Obviously this isn’t the news I wanted to be sharing with everyone,” Pedrosa said in a release. “However, after speaking with some key doctors and medical professionals that I trust, they are all in agreement that this is the only option for me. We will have the surgery on Friday, and they will use a special technique to help close the wound to try and prevent this issue continuing to affect me. Let’s hope it’s a success. I want to thank all my fans for their support, but especially Honda, Repsol, Red Bull, and all our sponsors for their understanding in this matter.”

The estimated recovery time for the procedure, which will be conducted by Dr. Angel Villamor in Spain, is four to six weeks. This means Pedrosa will miss the MotoGP events in Austin, Texas and Argentina. Pedrosa will be replaced by Hiroshi Aoyama.