Dani Pedrosa has decided to curtail his testing programme at Sepang in order to rest the left knee he damaged at the 2008 Australian Grand Prix and which required subsequent surgery in December.
Pedrosa made big gains on the leaders during the second day of running in Malaysia, moving up to produce the fourth quickest lap time, just four tenths adrift of pace setter Casey Stoner.
However, the Repsol Honda rider has taken the decision to go home early.
“Last December, in fact, I underwent an intervention to the left knee for the consequences suffered when I slid off in Phillip Island during the last race in October,” he revealed.
Nonetheless, Pedrosa insists he is missing nothing more than a race simulation and, as he can only complete a handful of laps at a time, has decided it is better for him to rest instead.
“I've tested everything, I only have a race simulation to do and I cannot do more than five or six laps at a time,” he told Crash.net
before he made his way to the airport. “I will rest my knee now. I was on the limit coming here and thought it might be a problem.”