Earlier this weekend, some rumours surfaced on the social media that Dani Pedrosa will retire from MotoGP at the end of 2016 championship. But in the press conference at Valencia in Spain, he commented the rumours were false.
The Spanish veteran broke his collarbone and sustained leg injuries in a horrific high-side at Twin Ring Motegi, Japan. Since then, he was absent from the paddock.
For the last three races, former 250cc World Champion was replaced by Hiroshi Aoyama and Nicky Hayden. Certain publications took this opportunity to spread a rumour that Pedrosa will retire from MotoGP, despite having a renewed contract with Honda Racing Corporation (HRC).
"I saw that there were rumours in Sepang that I might retire and there was a lot of distance between me and where the action was as I was at home!" Pedrosa said. "I had to respond immediately to cancel this information."
Returning Pedrosa admits that he has no expectations for this weekend's Valencia GP. "It's obvious that I have lost some power but I hope that practice by practice I can ride better", he said.
He added, "It is already feeling a lot better. "The first two weeks were the hardest because of the collarbone and my legs. I wasn't able to move my right or left foot. To have three injuries from one crash was quite a lot!
"I'm happy to be here and will try tomorrow to see how the feeling is, I'm not feeling super strong at this time but I hope I can ride."
So far this season, we have witnessed nine different riders on the top step of the podium. Will there be a 10th winner this weekend at Valencia? Never say never.
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