Dani Pedrosa says he isn't quite ready to give up on his MotoGP title hopes after announcing he may still make the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang.
The Spaniard underwent surgery on his fractured collarbone in Barcelona on Monday before going for a further check-up today [Wednesday], where doctors said progress had been good.
As yet, no decision has been taken on whether Pedrosa will fly out to Malaysia, the Spaniard maintaining there is a slim possibility he may yet race. Nonetheless, he does admit a return for the Australian Grand Prix is probably more likely.
Should Pedrosa make the definitive decision that he isn't competing, Jorge Lorenzo will go into the Malaysian Grand Prix knowing a eighth place is all he'll need to win the title.
“I am still very stiff in my neck and across the back of my shoulders, so the target is to get back to racing in Australia,” he said. “There is a very small possibility of going to Malaysia, but the realistic target is Australia. I had another check-up today and it shows clearly that the plate on my collarbone is very well fixed and the progress has been good after the operation.
“My condition has improved over the last two days and I'm doing passive rehabilitation with my physiotherapist at the moment. I am still not able to move the arm by myself but with massage it's getting better.
“It's a real pity that this happened when we had such a lot of momentum with our results, but we simply have to deal with it.”