This weekend's Portuguese MotoGP at Estoril will see Dani Pedrosa, second in the championship and only nine points behind Jorge Lorenzo, get back aboard his factory RC212V for the first time since shoulder surgery on March 6th.
Pedrosa sought surgery during the extended break between rounds two and three, caused by the postponement of Motegi, in order to try and fix arm numbness problems.
Those problems began after his collarbone-breaking accident at Motegi last season and were still present at the first two rounds of 2011.
Last week, the Spaniard had the stitches removed from his left collarbone and despite not being one hundred percent physically, he is 'excited' to see if the surgery - which included a plate being removed from his collarbone - has worked.
“I did what I had to do in these three weeks off and I look forward to get back on the bike after this period which has been good for me to undergo surgery and start rehabilitation,” said Pedrosa, third and second in the races so far this year.
“Last week I had the stitches removed, so everything is still very fresh and I don't know how I will feel in Estoril, but I'm excited to see if everything went well and if I can put the issues aside once on the bike.
“It would be very good because we had a good start to the season and I wish to compete in the best conditions. I want to make the most of the four practice sessions to prepare for the race.
“It would help if we have good weather, as this year we race in April, but you can never trust the weather there having the Atlantic Ocean so close.
“With regards to the circuit, Estoril has heavy braking zones and it will be important to find traction to take advantage of the good acceleration we have”.
Pedrosa has taken three podiums at Estoril as a MotoGP rider.