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Old 07-16-2008, 06:17 AM   #1
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Pedrosa heads to US and intends to race

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Dani Pedrosa has announced he will travel to the USA in an attempt to compete at this weekend's U.S. Grand Prix at Laguna Seca, despite the injuries sustained at the Sachsenring.

Pedrosa was leading the sodden German Grand Prix when he crashed heavily, fracturing his wrist and index finger, as well as sprain his right ankle. Having been discharged from Barcelona hospital where he underwent an arthroscopic operation, he is en route to the USA now.

Indeed, Pedrosa, who is currently second in the MotoGP standings, has every intention of competing this weekend, but admits things will be a lot clearer when he gets back on the bike during free practice to assess his condition.

“In agreement with my doctor we have decided that I will fly to the US and I will do my best to ride this weekend,” he said, after consulting surgeon Dr. Xavier Mir.

“We know that it will not be easy and that we won't know my exact situation until I get on the bike on Friday morning. This is a difficult time for me, of course, but my will is strong and if it is possible for me to ride the bike properly then I really want to ride.”

Pedrosa's cause is not aided by the vigour of the Laguna Seca circuit, complete with its crests and troughs, so the Spaniard is facing a tough weekend ahead in his bid to remain well in title contention. “Laguna is a physically demanding track when you are 100 per cent, so it will be tough with my injuries, but I know I can count on the support of the people around me to get me in the best possible shape.

“Laguna is what I call an ‘old school' circuit, with a lot of steep uphill and downhill sections. The fans are great there, very respectful of all the riders, so I would like to do my best for them. We will see what we can do. I would like to thank everyone around me and also my fans for their support over the last few days.”
Good on the little fella
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Old 07-16-2008, 08:47 AM   #2
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DAMNIT! i was kinda hoping he'd sit this one out. the boy has determination tho. i think he'll still get a good run if he sticks it out for the race
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that guy has some
these guys don't get paid a million a year to sit it out either. i doubt there benefits include sick pay on race days
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The way he’s been riding, he could probably beat over half the current field with one hand anyway. I don’t think it’s a trick to pull off a top 10, riding damage control... This is his season to give away and you can see it every week. He really should have been taking it just a little bit easier when he crashed. He already had a 7 to 9 second lead on the field. That said, let the demoralization continue, its fun to watch!

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DAMNIT! i was kinda hoping he'd sit this one out. the boy has determination tho. i think he'll still get a good run if he sticks it out for the race
Yeah it sucked seeing him lose it like that with such a substantial lead...he should have just coasted with that 6 second lead on the field...why would he keep pushing in the wet? Anywho, glad he did because it opened the door for my boy Val ...
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Tough guy. But I bet he makes more than a million a year. And I would be tough too if the paychecks were as large as his. Heck, just take a bunch of chortizone(sp) shots here and there. And he will be good for 20 laps.
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Pedrosa doesn't make mistakes often but when he does, jeez

Hate for him to lose form over this, I want the Dr to beat them all fair and square
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Tough guy. But I bet he makes more than a million a year. And I would be tough too if the paychecks were as large as his. Heck, just take a bunch of chortizone(sp) shots here and there. And he will be good for 20 laps.
i think it was said a while back that Casey Stoner isn't even making a mill per year so i doubt that Danny is doing any better. Rossi is more than likely the highest paid M/C racer, the last couple of years he'd been pulling in around 28 million per year.
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Pedrosa doesn't make mistakes often but when he does, jeez

Hate for him to lose form over this, I want the Dr to beat them all fair and square
Hey it was fair...dude (Dani) pushed too hard in the wet and lost it. I'm just glad Rossi didn't do something stupid and settled for the 20pts. He had big picture in his brain...now el Doctor should be in prime form at Laguna.
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i think it was said a while back that Casey Stoner isn't even making a mill per year so i doubt that Danny is doing any better. Rossi is more than likely the highest paid M/C racer, the last couple of years he'd been pulling in around 28 million per year.
Wow I didn't know Casey wasn't making more. I thought if rossi was banking that much those other stars would be at least 5.
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I was good with the whole thing until Collin tosed it in the fence..
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i think it was said a while back that Casey Stoner isn't even making a mill per year so i doubt that Danny is doing any better. Rossi is more than likely the highest paid M/C racer, the last couple of years he'd been pulling in around 28 million per year.
I'm pretty sure i remember reading that the next highest "salaried" rider is John Hopkins on about $4.8M
I'm sure Danny would be in the 5-6 million league with his popularity in Spain.
Those guys cook with Repsol because Danny promotes it, they're mad for it
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I was good with the whole thing until Collin tosed it in the fence..
Anybody every figure out how that happened? They didn't seem to catch it on video...he come in too hot and tuck the front or som'n?
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I'm pretty sure i remember reading that the next highest "salaried" rider is John Hopkins on about $4.8M
I'm sure Danny would be in the 5-6 million league with his popularity in Spain.
Those guys cook with Repsol because Danny promotes it, they're mad for it
this could be very true! i'm not sure b/c i can't find the financial stats. i just remember hearing that Stoner was barely at the million $ mark and Rossi was in forbes.

I would suspect that most of the front runners would be making the multi million $ marks
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Anybody every figure out how that happened? They didn't seem to catch it on video...he come in too hot and tuck the front or som'n?
that would be my guess based on where he went off
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that would be my guess based on where he went off
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...lots of folks crashing this weekend, I was lmao off that de Puniet ain't take n e body out (hate that fcukin guy)
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...lots of folks crashing this weekend, I was lmao off that de Puniet ain't take n e body out (hate that fcukin guy)
He didn't take Rossi out deliberately
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