Pedrosa to return from three-race absence in Valencia

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Dani Pedrosa will return to MotoGP action in Valencia this weekend after missing the previous three races with fractures to his collarbone, right leg and a metatarsal.

Repsol Honda rider Pedrosa sustained the injuries when he crashed during practice ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix in October, returning to Barcelona to undergo surgery.

The Spaniard denied claims he was set to retire following his withdrawal from the previous race in Malaysia, and his comeback has been confirmed for the final event of the 2016 season.

"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," Pedrosa said in a statement.

"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."

Team-mate and 2016 champion Marc Marquez added: "Our target for the race is of course to try and finish on a high in front of our fans, possibly with a win or at least a podium. It was good to see that Dani is getting better and to know he'll be back in Valencia."