Dani Pedrosa says he may be forced to step down from racing immediately due to an arm condition.
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According to Autosport, The 29-year-old has been suffering from a syndrome known as ‘arm pump’, a common issue amongst motorcycle riders in which blood builds up in the riders’ forearms, causing them to lose feeling in their arms and hands.
The Spaniard has suffered with the condition for several seasons and underwent surgery in 2014 in an attempt to fix the problem.
However, after struggling to sixth place in the Grand Prix of Qatar, Pedrosa revealed the extent of the condition.
“Every doctor recommended that I not undergo another operation and I have tried to look for alternatives, but by the looks of things nothing is working positively for it,” Pedrosa is quoted as saying by Autosport.
“Now I have to assess my options and see what I can do.
“It is probably the most difficult moment of my career.
“I will do my best to find a solution but in this moment it is difficult to imagine what it could be.”
There has been no official confirmation from the Repsol Honda team that Pedrosa will step aside, but speculation has already begun in regards to who his replacement could be.
Two-time world champion Casey Stoner is currently the test rider at the Japanese outfit, and there’s no doubt he’d be considered if Pedrosa was to sit out the rest of the season.
However, it is unlikely Stoner would return given his lack of preparation.