Added the fact that the Portuguese track is not exactly a Honda-friendly one, given its slow nature, and the Spaniard might have some problems when tackling the technical venue at Estoril. A few days before kick-off, Pedrosa admitted he will be walking in unknown territory come Friday's first practice session.
“Last week I had the stitches removed, so everything is very fresh and I don't know how I will feel at Estoril,” said the Spaniard in a preview for the Portuguese Grand Prix, according to Autosport.
“I'm excited to see if everything went well and if I can put these issues to one side once I'm on the bike. I did what I had to do in these three weeks off [since the Spanish Grand Prix] and I look forward to getting back on the bike.”
Pedrosa's first intervention at his left shoulder took place last October, when he was inserted a titanium plate and screws following a double collarbone fracture sustained in a Japanese Grand Prix practice crash.
Shortly after the Qatar GP this year, it was discovered that his left arm was suffering from lack of strength and numbness, which caused him to lose significant pace in the latter stages of races. During the operation following the Spanish GP, the medical staff removed the titanium plate and screws from his collarbone to release the compression pressure.