"Tonight's race didn't go to plan and unfortunately, I had serious problems with my right forearm which isn't good news for me," the Spaniard said in a team release after he finished sixth in the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix.

"I worked very hard over the winter in order to find a solution, because I was suffering in every race last season," he added.

"Every doctor recommended that I not undergo another operation and I have tried to look for alternatives, but by the looks of things nothing is working positively for it. Now I have to assess my options and see what I can do."

The next race is the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on April 12 and Pedrosa, whose career has been plagued by  injury, is doubtful for that round.

The 29-year-old, whose team mate and compatriot Marc Marquez has won the last two championships while he has struggled with the arm-pump problem that causes cramping, has not won a race since the Czech Grand Prix last August.

Pedrosa said he was going through "probably the most difficult moment" of his career. "I will do my best to find a solution but in this moment it is difficult to imagine what it could be," he added.

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