FRUSTRATED, UNCERTAIN: Dani Pedrosa says he doesn't want to return to racing until he feels comfortable on the bike again after having surgery on his arm. Image: AFP / Mohd Rasfan
MADRID, Spain - Honda MotoGP rider Dani Pedrosa is about to sit out his third consecutive Motorcycle GP this weekend (May 3 2015) as he continues to recover from surgery intended to fix a forearm injury.
The Spaniard missed the American and Argentine GP's because of damage that afflicted his right hand - the throttle and front-brake hand - during the first race of the season in Qatar.
He finished that race sixth.
Now he will miss his home race in Jerez, Spain and possibly, it seems, the French MotoGP at Le Mans on May 17.
Pedrosa said in his weekly blog on repsol.com: "I won't be in Jerez. I tried to ride a bike to check my arm on Monday (April 27). Even though it felt OK at first my forearm still didn't feel 100%.
"If I do a whole race then by the weekend it will be much worse and the last thing I want is to create another big problem. It has been a very difficult decision but I think the best is to wait a while longer, go ahead with the rehabilitation, and be back in Le Mans."
Pedrosa's team mate and 2014 MotoGP champion Marc Marquez is also trying to be fit to ride in Jerez after breaking his left small finger last in a fall from a dirt bike.
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