MotoGP: Pedrosa making positive steps in injury recovery

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MotoGP rider Dani Pedrosa is making slow but steady progress in his rehabilitation programme after being sidelined by an arm injury at the start of the 2015 season.

Pedrosa finished sixth at the opening race of the year in Qatar, but announced after the race that a recurrence of an arm pump injury meant that surgery and a four-to-six week lay-off was required.

The Spaniard underwent a successful operation three weeks ago, and wrote in his Repsol blog that he was making good progress along his road to recovery.

“I write to you with a clear message,” Pedrosa wrote. “Every day, I make small improvements, but equally patience is important.

“That is precisely the line that we now take: slowly, step by step. We must let the days pass to ensure that rehabilitation is increasingly positive.

“They have already removed the stitches, and rehabilitation is going well. We are following the deadlines set by doctors thanks to hours of rehabilitation, to which I am responding well.”

Pedrosa has been replaced at Honda by Hiroshi Aoyama, who finished 11th at the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas, but retired from last weekend’s race in Argentina.

Honda’s charge in 2015 continues to be led by two-time world champion Marc Marquez, but the Spaniard dropped to fifth in the standings after clashing with championship leader Valentino Rossi in Argentina when fighting for the lead and crashing out of the race.

The next round of the 2015 MotoGP season takes place on May 3 in Jerez, Spain.