Dani Pedrosa is optimistic that he will be in better shape for the Valencia Grand Prix after further medical checks confirmed that he did not sustain any nerve damage when he broke his collarbone at Motegi last month.
Having gradually lost feeling in his left arm during last weekend's Estoril race, the first grand prix he had contested since sustaining the injury, Pedrosa had electromyography scans on his left arm and shoulder at Barcelona's Dexeus Hospital earlier this week. The tests revealed that the nerves in the area were not damaged.
"In a couple of days, I will get back on the bike again at Valencia and I really hope to feel better than I did on Sunday in Estoril," Pedrosa said.
"The last medical checks I had this week have shown that the nerves are not affected and this is positive, even though I'm feeling the same symptoms of numbness.
"I went to Clinica Dexeus to have an electromyography scan in my left arm from the neck to the hand. It showed that the nerves are OK, so I will continue having physiotherapy and I hope that gradually the lack of feeling passes."
Although Pedrosa's symptoms have lingered, he hopes he can still be competitive at Valencia, where he has won twice in MotoGP in the past.
"Despite the circumstances, I'm going to Valencia in a good mood because this is a track I love and the atmosphere there is always special," said the Honda rider.
"Last year we had a great race, so I want to get a good result regardless of my physical condition."