Dani Pedrosa's presence at next weekend's Qatar MotoGP season-opener is still uncertain.
The Spaniard, Honda's only race winner during the 800cc era, required knee and forearm surgery after a nasty highside at the Qatar test on March 2. Pedrosa had undergone surgery on the same (left) knee in December, for injuries sustained on lap one of October's Australian Grand Prix.
Whilst the forearm fracture, fixed with a titanium screw, should not be a problem, the skin graft surgery required due to the 'loss of internal matter' from his knee was predicted to mean three weeks without any movement and four weeks before he could bend the leg.
As a result, Pedrosa missed last weekend's final pre-season test at Jerez and - whilst his recovery is progressing well - participation in next Sunday's night race remains undecided.
“We don't know anything yet, we will have to wait until next week to confirm if Dani will go or not to Qatar,” a Repsol Honda spokesman told Crash.net
. “He is recovering well, but we have to wait.”
Pedrosa also began the 2008 MotoGP season injured after fracturing his hand during testing at Sepang, but still finished third in Qatar and was leading the world championship when he fell from the lead of the wet German Grand Prix in mid-July.
Hand and ankle injuries from that accident contributed to Pedrosa eventually slipping to third in the 2008 title chase, behind Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner.
Pedrosa's new team-mate Andrea Dovizioso was the top Honda rider at the Jerez test, albeit in seventh place, 1.522sec behind Stoner.