A massive high-side during free practice two which resulted in a broken collarbone means that Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa will take no further part in round 15 of the 2016 MotoGP championship being held at Motegi in Japan this weekend (14 to 16 October). The Spaniard, currently fourth on the championship log, will be replaced by HRC test rider Hiroshi Aoyama.

Honda has confirmed that Pedrosa will fly back to Spain for surgery but his participation in both the Australian and Malaysian GPs over the next fortnight is in doubt.

Speaking after the accident Pedrosa said,

“I’m obviously very sad about what happened, as I was looking forward to racing in Japan at Honda’s home circuit and one of my favourite tracks. I was on the out-lap of my last run in FP2 when I momentarily lost the rear entering turn 11, and when the tyre found grip again it launched me in the air. There’s not much more to say; now I just want to focus on recovering in order to get back on my bike as soon as possible. My best wishes to Hiro (Aoyama), who is replacing me and will race in front of his home crowd.”