Dani Pedrosa admits it was a "big blow" to miss the German Grand Prix due to injury, but insists he is not disheartened by surrendering his MotoGP points lead.
The Spaniard had held a nine-point advantage over Jorge Lorenzo heading into the Sachsenring, with teammate Marc Marquez a further 14 points adrift.
Lorenzo was ruled out of the weekend on Friday following a massive crash which further damaged the collarbone he broke in Assen, but rather than capitalize on his rival's absence Pedrosa joined Lorenzo on the sidelines after a massive highside on Saturday morning.
As a result, Marquez now leads Pedrosa by two points, with the Spaniard carrying lingering injury concerns into this weekend's USGP at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
"[Missing the race] was a big blow because we went to Sachsenring in a very good position, referring to the standings, but racing is like this and you just have to look to the future," Pedrosa said. "We'll have to wait and see how things go with my shoulderblade, but concerning the other things, the really important ones, I feel fine.
"There are a lot of races left, more or less half the calendar, and everything is there to fight for."
Pedrosa is yet to win a title in more than seven years in the premier class, while Marquez is chasing what would be a historic crown in his rookie season.