MotoGP title contender Dani Pedrosa has conceded that he is unlikely to be in podium contention during Sunday's US MotoGP.

Pedrosa suffered a crack to his left collarbone last Saturday in Germany, in an accident that also caused him to miss the race and cost him the title lead to rookie team-mate Marc Marquez.

The Spaniard then sat out the chilly morning session at Laguna Seca to save his shoulder, before riding to eleventh in the sunny afternoon practice.

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The Repsol Honda rider was one-second slower than Marquez and expecting a hard weekend.

"It was difficult to ride in my condition, but I had expected that. Now I have to try to rest up as much as possible for tomorrow and regain some energy, so that I can endure the pain once again," he said.

"Being realistic, obviously winning the race this weekend is not a feasible goal - perhaps even getting a podium is out of the equation - but I will be trying to finish the race as high up the order as possible.

"I will look to minimise the advantage that my rivals will have in terms of points. Finally, I want to thank everyone who has sent their support to me in recent days for their messages"

Reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo, also returning from collarbone damage, was sixth quickest. Lorenzo is third in the standings, nine points from Pedrosa and eleven from Marquez.