Dani Pedrosa says there is little doubt that he will compete in the upcoming Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril, though he is remaining cautious about his form on the Repsol Honda.
The Spaniard underwent an operation to relieve compression of his left subclavian artery having struggled with fatigue during the opening two rounds of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship.
A check-up – less than two weeks before the start of the Estoril event – showed that Pedrosa's recovery is going to plan, though the true test will come when he gets back on the bike for free practice.
“The truth is that it went well and in the days that have followed I've adjusted my routine to the recommendations made by the medical team, so that the recovery goes as well as it possibly can,” he wrote on his blog. “I had a routine medical check and it seems that things are going well, although we have to be cautious until I get back on the bike in Portugal.”
“I'm eager and motivated to return to competition to test the feeling I have on the bike, and to see if I can forget about these problems as soon as possible. The past few days I have been relaxing at home, getting in the rest recommended by the doctors.
“Even though a break in the calendar has coincided with the recuperation I have a lot of motivation to return to competitive fitness, working with the team and above all getting on the bike.”
Despite his injury woes, Pedrosa remains well in the hunt after two races, finishing third in Qatar and second at Jerez. He is just nine points behind leader Jorge Lorenzo.
“Looking at what has happened so far we arrive in Portugal with 36 points and nine behind the leader, and that's taking into consideration the fact I was injured. The truth is that we have a very positive balance with which to face the Championship, which has only just begun.