Madrid: Dani Pedrosa has had successful surgery on a multiple fracture to his left collarbone sustained in a crash during Friday`s practice for the Japanese MotoGP, his Honda team said on Saturday.
Pedrosa, who had a titanium plate inserted during the procedure in Barcelona, is second in the world championship behind Yamaha`s Jorge Lorenzo and the only rider who can catch his Spanish compatriot with five races remaining.
However, the injury to his collarbone and a sprained ankle mean his chances of reeling in Lorenzo are minimal and the earliest he is expected to return is at the Australian Grand Prix in two weeks time.
"The operation went very well," surgeon Xavier Mir said in a statement released by Honda.
"The rider is recently out of surgery and I think we must wait at least 48 hours, after which time, if all goes well, we may begin rehabilitation," he added. "At this time, it`s not possible to give precise dates for recovery."
The 25-year-old had secured two wins and two second places over the last four races, trimming Lorenzo`s advantage to 56 points. A win is worth 25 points.