The 2018 Argentina GP was really a dramatic race. I had never seen such a start ever in MotoGP. While the reigning world champion, Marc Marquez was the centre of attention because of his actions, his teammate Dani Pedrosa was caught in a high-side crash on the opening lap.
Pedrosa was forced to go a bit wide on turn 13 as Tech 3 Yamaha rider Johann Zarco took the opportunity to overtake him. Consequently, Pedrosa rode over a wet patch of tarmac and as soon as he opened his throttle to get back into the race line, his rear lost grip and he was thrown off the bike in a matter of seconds. Dani has encountered similar crashes in the past, and the results weren’t good. Mostly he broke his collarbone.
However, this time he has injured his wrist. After reaching the pits Pedrosa complained about having pain in his right wrist. He was then taken to the Hospital Universitario Dexeus – Grupo Quironsalud in Barcelona, where he was told he needed surgery for a distal fracture of the right radius; also affecting the joint. The surgery was successful and he will be under observation for the next few days.
Speaking about the procedure, Doctor Xavier Mir, part of the MotoGP medical team said, “The operation was a bit invasive. The idea would be to come back for Jerez instead of Austin. But it’s not sure when he will be competing. His wrist is inflamed, and more will be known in the next 72 hours.”
Honda Team has said in a statement that since Pedrosa’s participation in the Austin GP remains a blur, it is considering to replace him with the test rider Stefan Bradl. This is still not official, and we’ll only get to see whether Honda goes with the replacement or decides to go ahead with Marquez alone.
The Austin GP is scheduled to take place at the Circuit of the Americas on 22 April 2018.