Repsol Honda MotoGP team manager Livio Suppo joined HRC vice president Shuhei Nakamoto for a press conference at Jerez to underline their belief that Dani Pedrosa will be ready to return next time at Le Mans.

Pedrosa has missed the second, third and fourth rounds of the new season following his latest surgery for troublesome arm-pump problems.

The Spaniard initially planned to return at this weekend's home Spanish grand prix, but a test aboard a Supermoto bike on the Monday before race weekend confirmed the arm had not healed sufficiently to complete a full race weekend.

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"We want to be positive," Suppo, whose other rider Marc Marquez underwent finger surgery last weekend, told reporters in HRC's hospitality. "We haven't been the most lucky team in the paddock. But thank god both riders aren't in a very bad situation. Dani was not here [but] the plan is to have him back in Le Mans. Honestly there's nothing at the moment that says he won't be there.

"Dani had some problems even after [previous] surgery, this was clear. He won races last year but in others he had some problems. First of all it wasn't a constant problem because it was up and down.

"Second everyone was hoping rest would help the arm to fully recover. That's why at the end of the day he didn't do the surgery this winter. We still believe the doctors thought it was better not to touch it again.

"Then we arrived in Qatar again and it's a big problem. We knew we needed to find another strategy."

Suppo dismissed accusations that a recent breakdown in communication had occurred between Pedrosa and HRC over the issue.

He said, "We spoke with Dani every day. He didn't say he was sure [to race] here so we weren't wrong. We said we hope that he will come here. We always said that he had to do the [Supermoto] test on Monday. He did the test on Monday. We spoke on Monday. He said, let me wait until tomorrow morning because the arm is not as expected. Let me see, I sleep on it one night."

Questions were also raised as to why it took until the first race of 2015 for Pedrosa to realise the arm pump problem was persisting. Again, Suppo rejected criticism of HRC's actions with Pedrosa's recovery.

"In Sepang 1 [test] he did almost a full race simulation - 17 laps. Anyway nowadays almost no one does race simulation because we don't have so many test. There's no more tyre test. In the past we were close to the race simulation because there was a Bridgestone and Michelin competition. That was the key target.

"Nowadays we work in a different way. We need to test with different riders, different chassis. The Qatar problem came out quite big and different than anyone can expect. Honestly it's been difficult to replicate a race anyway. Even if you stay out for 20 laps it's still not the same as doing the race."