Dani Pedrosa has admitted he could be forced to miss a third successive MotoGP World Championship round as his injured collarbone takes longer to heal than initially anticipated.
Having skipped the Catalunya and British rounds of the series following the accident at Le Mans, Pedrosa was expected to be back on the Repsol Honda for the Dutch TT at Assen.
However, the Spaniard, writing in his blog for sponsors' Repsol, says he remains uncertain of whether he will be able to compete, revealing the recovery process is taking longer than doctors' had originally hoped.
“I am continuing my recovery process and following all of the advice given by the doctors', so that the recovery will continue smoothly,” he wrote.
“I would like to know whether I will be able to compete at Assen, but it is something that I do not know yet. The recovery is going a bit slower than what was originally expected and I am taking things day-by-day. There is still a week to go and I am not aware of how I will feel in the next few days.
“I am feeling a bit down because I very much want to recover in order to go back to racing, but the healing of the injury is out of my control. I am putting everything into my recovery and I am following all of the medical advice. I will be able to tell you more next week.”
Pedrosa's comments come after speculation was raised as to whether he hampered by recovery process with a further injury during the aftermath of the operation to his collarbone, possibly whilst training. However, these claims were vehemently denied by his representatives.