Hiroshi Aoyama will replace the Factory Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa with immediate effect, as he recovers from a recent surgery to fix his arm-pump issues.
Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa will unfortunately need to recover well frm his resent surgery to fix his arm pump issues that continued to plague the Spanish rider during the first round of the 2015 MotoGP Championship.
This common problem among motorcycle racers is a build-up of pressure in the forearm causing great pain, and makes riding a bike exceptionally difficult when the muscle becomes too big for the ‘sack’ that it sits in.
Dani tried very hard over the winter in order to find a solution, after struggling to perform at his top level throughout the 2014 season, and even had surgery last year – after the Jerez GP – but it was unsuccessful. During this time doctors advised against any further surgery. Then throughout all of the winter testing it seemed that in theory the problem was solved, unfortunately the issue came back again. After his sixth place finish in the opening race of 2015 in Qatar last weekend, Dani returned to Spain on Monday and met with specialists in Barcelona and Madrid. Their recommendation was for him to undergo surgery as soon as possible, which Dr. Angel Villamor will perform in Madrid. Special attention will be paid to the closing of the wound as this will guarantee better recovery and less risk of the problem arising again in the future. His replacement will be HRC test rider Hiroshi Aoyama for Redbull Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas and the Gran Premio Red Bull de la República Argentina in Argentina.
The Japanese was the team mate to 2006 MotoGP World Champion NICKY Hayden last season riding the Drive M7 Aspar Team Honda
Meanwhile, Dani Pedrosa talks about the outcome of his recent arm-pump surgery in the latest blog for his Repsol Honda Team.
I’d like to begin this week’s post by thanking all of you who have supported me all the way. I feel overwhelmed by all the affection that I’ve received. I’ve been rereading all your comments on the blog lately and I want you to know that I’m thankful from the bottom of my heart for all the encouragement.
Last week I told you how we had to make a decision and, in the end, we thought it was best for me to have the operation. Luckily, the operation went well and now it’s time to rest and attend the check ups. I’ll hope to have a smooth recovery and I’ll let you know how it goes.
Again, my thanks to all of you.Edit