Honda's MotoGP boss Livio Suppo expects Dani Pedrosa to compete in the second round of the championship in Austin next month despite his physical problems.
The Spanish rider suggested after the opening race of the season in Qatar that his career hanged in the balance due to an inoperable arm condition.
"I worked very hard over the winter in order to find a solution, because I was suffering in every race last season," said Pedrosa.
"Now I have to assess my options and see what I can do. It is probably the most difficult moment of my career.
"I will do my best to find a solution but in this moment it is difficult to imagine what it could be."
Pedrosa finished the Qatar race in sixth position, over ten seconds behind race winner Valentino Rossi.
But Suppo has downplayed suggestions that Pedrosa's career is in danger, saying he expects the Spaniard to race in the United States.
"We'll need a few days, but if I have to give my opinion, I think Dani will be in Austin," Suppo told Gazzetta dello Sport.
"I think it was the outburst of a guy who has continued to ride, hiding the problem because he thought the public would think he was using it as an excuse. Now it has exploded."
The Austin MotoGP race takes place on April 12.