Dani Pedrosa is on the road towards being fit for the opening round of the MotoGP World Championship after doctors revealed his recovery is 'going to plan'.
The Spaniard will not be present for the final pre-season test at Jerez as he is currently still struggling with the after-effects of surgery, prompted when he crashed the RC212V heavily in Qatar earlier this month.
However, doctors are confident Pedrosa will be able to take up his place on the MotoGP grid at Losail on April 12th having had stitches removed from his left wrist, while he will be able to begin moving his knee for the first time next week.
In the meantime, Pedrosa will be replaced by Kousuke Akiyoshi for the test in Spain, where he will join regular rider Andrea Dovizioso in helping Honda prepare for the season ahead.
"This is an important test for the Repsol Honda Team and we're looking to use these two days to maximum effect as we approach the start of the season,” said team manager Kazuhiko Yamano.
“The team gathered a lot of useful data at the previous tests in Sepang and Qatar and it's our intention to make significant progress in this final pre-season test.
“Dani won't be riding because it's important he recovers fully after his operation, and so Kosuke Akiyoshi will ride Dani's machine. Although in a perfect world Dani would be testing here, we're confident that Kosuke can ably assist Andrea with our development programme for the RC212V.”