Dani Pedrosa says he is 'improving a little each day' following surgery, but didn't comment on whether he will return for the first of his home Spanish MotoGP rounds, at Jerez next weekend.

A deflated Pedrosa announced he was withdrawing from racing to fix his 'arm pump' problems after dropping from second to sixth in the season-opening Qatar round.

The Repsol Honda star revealed that previous surgery had not worked but, with less intrusive options also having proven unsuccessful, was returning to seek further medical advice.

That resulted in a 'complicated' operation to remove the layer of fascia around his right forearm muscle, ruling him out of Texas and Argentina.

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"Each day I'm improving a little, but patience is equally as important," Pedrosa wrote in his latest blog for Repsol. "This is precisely how we're taking it now: slowly, step by step. You've got to let the days pass for the rehabilitation to be progressively positive.

"At the moment they took out the stitches, and the rehab is going fine. We are following the doctors' schedule and thanks to the time in rehab I'm responding well."

Hiroshi Aoyama has ridden in place of Pedrosa, after Honda turned down an offer from retired double champion Casey Stoner.

Pedrosa's team-mate and reigning champion Marc Marquez is only fifth in the world championship after falling in Sunday's Argentina race.

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I hope Pedrosa will be back on Jerez but if not, please don't let Aoyama race... Hiroshi is nice and good rider but he is way past his prime... I hope Honda will let Casey ride this time, he know the track and familiar with the bike and if he is willing to stake his reputation then why not let him ride... he might not win or get a podium but atleast he will be on top 5... a good example is Johnny Rea in 2012, he was in top 10 for being a MotoGP, better than what Hiroshi has achieved...

Sorry Professor Xavier,
But the only reason why Aoyama is a test rider is that he won the last 250cc world title on an outdated Honda and no team would want to hire him. And being a developmental rider you should be able to develop a bike and develop a bike doesn't mean you are riding in cruise mode only. The only reasons I can think off is that Aoyama and Honda don't have a language barrier and they don't have to fly in Stoner for every test. Maybe you should watch Silence of the lambs, meh!

I really don't understand why Aoyama is a test rider in the first place. Bikes should be developed with persons who ride at a 100%. Aoyama is doing 90% and if Aoyama is testing stuff that get's clearance for DP/MM to use they would be midpack in an instant. Unless HRC is using Aoyama as a test crash dummie I would use Aoyama. The only reason I can think off why Stoner isn't riding as a substitute is that he made fun of Dorna and that Dorna doesn't want this PR nightmare to ride.