Pedrosa denies retirement rumours

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Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa has denied reports he is set to retire from MotoGP after sitting out the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Pedrosa, 31, fractured his collarbone during FP2 in Japan and was replaced by former champion Nicky Hayden for the following race in Australia.

With Hiroshi Aoyama taking his place in Sepang, the Spaniard denied claims he was considering retirement.

"Recently, some journalists wrote that they heard rumours about me retiring," Pedrosa wrote on Twitter.

"These news are groundless and I can't wait to be back on track!"

Aoyama was the second slowest driver across Friday's two practice sessions at Sepang, while Repsol Honda team-mate Marc Marquez was quickest despite missing FP2 for gastroenteritis treatment.