Dani Pedrosa will not return to MotoGP competition for this weekend's British Grand Prix after opting to take more time to recover from his fractured collarbone.
Having been forced to miss his home Catalunya GP event over the weekend, Pedrosa was always a doubt for the Silverstone event given its proximity on the calendar just a week later.
Indeed, though the Repsol Honda rider insists he has done his utmost to be ready in time for the race, experience tells him that now is the time for him to focus on recovery, rather than competing in pain.
"After dedicating some time entirely to recover, I have decided not to take part in the British Grand Prix this week," said Pedrosa, who was injured in a crash at the French Grand Prix. "I've done everything I could to be fit in time for Silverstone, but the conditions are not right to return to compete with guarantees.
“I need to feel 100 per cent fit before I get on the bike again and to be sure I can fight for the victory, I don't want to go out there just to do laps. I've raced many times with pain and the experience tells me I'm still not ready to be competitive. I've decided not to take further risks and will instead continue my recovery process so I may return in the best possible way.
“It's time for me to be logical and not only follow what my heart says, or my desire to return. I want to return as soon as possible, but I want to do it when I have ability to fight to win. It's not the time yet.”
Having raced with Casey Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso in Spain, Repsol Honda have hinted that they may replace Pedrosa for the British event.
John Hopkins had been mooted, though the former MotoGP rider – now racing in the British Superbike Championship – has seemingly decided against it. Highly-regarded Honda rider Jonathan Rea may have also been an obvious choice, particularly after his strong turn at Silverstone in World Superbikes last year, though he is on WSBK duty at Misano this weekend.