Dani Pedrosa will miss the Jerez MotoGP race as he does not feel ready to return to action following the surgery he underwent earlier this month.
The Honda rider was operated on after the season-opening race in Qatar in an attempt to solve the arm pump problems he has been suffering in recent years.
Pedrosa missed the Austin and Argentina races, but was expected to return for the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez.
However, the Spaniard announced on Tuesday he will not be racing until he feels 100 per cent ready.
"I wanted to write to you to give you some good news but, unfortunately, it's not the case, as I will not be able to be at Jerez," Pedrosa wrote on his blog on Repsol's website.
"Yesterday I tried a supermotard to test the arm, but although at the beginning it all seemed to be fine, after a while I felt the forearm was not 100 per cent.
"I know that if I race the results will be much worse and the last thing I want is to have another serious problem.
"Even though it's a hard decision, I think it's best to wait for a few more day and return at Le Mans."
The French Grand Prix takes place on May 17.
Pedrosa will be replaced at Jerez by Honda tester Hiroshi Aoyama, who has deputised for the Spaniard at the last two races.