Dani Pedrosa has been told that the shoulder injury he sustained in a crash in the 2010 Japanese MotoGP Grand Prix, last October, was the cause of the numbness and lack of strength in the opening round this year's championship in Qatar last weekend and that it still requires more time to heal.
The Spaniard led the race early on before fading to third as he began to suffer discomfort in his left arm. The 25-year-old underwent a 3D CAT scan upon his return from Doha which revealed that while there was no vascular or nerve damage, there was a small stretch in the plexus that requires time to heal fully.
Pedrosa, whose HRC Honda teammate Casey Stoner won the race, admitted that he was disappointed to have begun yet another season not at full fitness, having previously thought he was beginning the year on equal terms to his rivals health-wise.
"I honestly didn't expect my arm would react in this way because during preseason I didn't feel too much trouble and I thought the problem was solved," he said. "However, I felt really bad in the Qatar race and was aware that the injury is not completely healed.
"It was a shame because in Qatar I had a good feeling and until the second half of the race – which is when the pain started – I was really strong and I saw a realistic chance of winning.
"I would be lying if I said I'm not disappointed because this year the bike is working very well and physically I feel good, but unfortunately this complication has arisen and I have nothing else to do but give my best until the injury heals completely."