After finally winning the French MotoGP during atrocious weather conditions last season, Dani Pedrosa returns for the 2014 event having recently undergone surprise arm pump surgery.

The Repsol Honda rider, second in the 2014 standings behind unbeaten team-mate Marc Marquez, revealed the trigger for his speedy surgery was forearm tightness in the post-race Jerez test.

"I enjoyed the weekend in Jerez, and the battle at the end with Rossi was a lot of fun," began Pedrosa, who finished less than 0.1s behind runner-up Rossi in the Spanish Grand Prix.

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"After Monday's test I had a tight feeling in my right forearm. On Tuesday morning I went to see Dr. Mir and he recommended surgery immediately. We took his advice and it seems to be healing up well but I guess I won't know until I'm back on the bike on Friday for FP1."

Including his 2013 win, Pedrosa has finished on the French rostrum three times in the MotoGP class, having also claimed three victories in the 125 and 250GP categories.

"I won for the first time in Le Mans in MotoGP last year in a very tough race. I enjoy the circuit and we've had good results there in the past but we must always pay attention to the weather!" he warned.

"The testing in Jerez was useful and we confirmed some feelings, now we must see if they translate to the track this weekend."

Pedrosa trails Marquez by 28 points heading into round five.

LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl also underwent arm pump surgery shortly after the Jerez race.