Dani Pedrosa has further quashed rumours that he will retire from MotoGP at the end of 2016 as the final round of the season got underway in Valencia.
The Spaniard has been absent from the grid since breaking his collarbone and sustaining leg injuries in a crash in the first of the three flyaway races at Motegi.
Last time out in Sepang, certain publications reported rumour that Pedrosa could be on the brink of a premature retirement, despite having signed a new two-year deal with HRC earlier this season.
Taking to Twitter to deny the rumours at the time, he took the opportunity to further clarify that the rumours were false in today’s press conference.
“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!” he said. “I had to respond immediately to cancel this information.”
Returning to the track this weekend for the first time since the crash, Pedrosa admits he is not feeling too strong ahead of tomorrow’s opening practice.
“It is already feeling a lot better,” he explained. “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.
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