Pedrosa to return for MotoGP finale

Dani Pedrosa will return to MotoGP action in the Valencia finale this weekend, the Repsol Honda team confirmed on Monday.

The Spanish rider had been forced to miss the previous three races in Japan, Australia and Malaysia after injuring himself in a crash during Friday practice at Motegi.

He had suffered fractures to his right collarbone, right fibula and the fourth metatarsal in his left foot.

Pedrosa had been replaced twice by Honda tester Hiroshi Aoyama and once by 2006 world champion Nicky Hayden.

But the Catalan's team has confirmed Pedrosa will be returning to racing for the final event of the season in Valencia, where he will partner world champion Marc Marquez.

"These past three weeks haven't been easy because of the pain, especially immediately after the operation, and also because I missed racing at some of my favourite tracks," said Pedrosa.

"Anyway, after I started with my rehab, things began getting better day-by-day, and the thought of trying to recover in time for Valencia was a boost that helped during the tougher moments.

"We're still not sure about how I'll feel on the bike, but anyway I'm happy to be able to get back to racing! I love the Valencia track, I have fantastic memories here and I like the idea of getting back to action in front of my fans."

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Series MotoGP
Event Valencia GP
Track Valencia Circuit Ricardo Tormo
Drivers Dani Pedrosa
Teams Repsol Honda Team
Article type Breaking news