Dani Pedrosa has vowed to fight on despite a painful start to the Grand Prix of Catalunya, his second home event of the year.
The 23-year-old Spaniard received a pain-killing injection prior to this afternoon's session to try and make his cracked thigh bone more manageable, but remained in considerable discomfort throughout the hour, which he finished in just 14th place.
"It's my home race and already the atmosphere and support is incredible, but of course this wasn't one of the best days of riding for me,” said Pedrosa, who took his most recent MotoGP race win in the 2008 event.
“I had a pain-killing injection before I rode this afternoon but it's still very uncomfortable on the bike and this means I wasn't able to ride at my normal pace.
“MotoGP machines are very physical to ride - it's not like a street bike - so it's tough when you are not at full strength.
"It's frustrating because this is one of my favourite circuits of the season and also one where I have had a lot of good results.
“However, we certainly aren't going to give up. It's a long season and although today didn't go too well, we'll come back tomorrow and see what we can do,” Dani declared.
“Unfortunately Dani wasn't able to ride to his maximum potential which is a shame because he is extremely strong at this circuit in normal circumstances,” said team manager Kazuhiko Yamano. “We'll have to monitor his physical condition tomorrow and hope that he can move forward step by step."
Due to his physical condition, Pedrosa only got a brief chance to try a modified chassis design on Friday, aimed at improving stability under braking.
“Dani tried it briefly but couldn't carry out a useful evaluation and so rode all but a few laps with the standard chassis,” a Repsol Honda spokesman told Crash.net
As was planned, team-mate Andrea Dovizioso only used the standard chassis, with which he set the fourth fastest lap time.
“We worked on the set-up of the bike to improve the handling during corner entry and in the turn, which remains our main issue," said the Italian. "Fourth place today is a good start but we are still too far from the first three top riders, so we'll continue to work on this tomorrow."