Following a three-race absence, Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa will return to the MotoGP paddock this weekend for the 18th round of the 2016 season.

After suffering three fractures (to his right collarbone, right fibula and the fourth metatarsal in his left foot) in a crash during FP2 at the Japanese GP, Dani underwent surgery in Barcelona and afterward began his rehab. As all of his injuries have been healing well, Dani, in agreement with his doctors and his team, have decided to return for the final round of the Championship, in Valencia.

Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez has enjoyed four podiums at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, including two victories, in 2014 (MotoGP) and 2012 (Moto2). Dani has a fantastic record at the circuit, having celebrated 11 podiums, including six first positions: 2012, 2009, 2007 (MotoGP), 2005, 2004 (250cc) and 2002 (125cc).

Today, before heading to Valencia, Marquez and Pedrosa took part in the official 2017 presentation of Honda’s sporting activities, in Milan, Italy, together with fellow HRC riders from the MXGP, Trial, and Dakar teams.

Marc Marquez

2016 MotoGP World Champion – 278 points

“It has been good coming back home after the three flyaway races with the title already won, and to celebrate it with all my family and friends. I had the chance to chill out a bit and get back to my usual training, both indoors in the gym and outdoors with some motocross and cycling. ‘Thanks’ to the jetlag, I had the opportunity to enjoy some really spectacular dawns on my bicycle! Anyway, the season isn’t over yet, as we’ll race in Valencia on Sunday, and after that we’ll have two important days of testing. 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.”

Marc Marquez Statistics | More Statistics

Date of Birth 17/02/1993
Birthplace Lleida, (Catalonia) – Spain
Height 168 cm
Weight 59 kg
Hobbies Mountain Biking, Video games
Racing Number 93
First Race 1998 “Enduro per nens”
Grand Prix Debut 2008 125cc Portugal GP (KTM 125 FRR)
GPs raced 157
GP pole positions 67 (14 in 125cc, 14 in Moto2, 39 in MotoGP)
Total GP podiums 93 (14 x 125cc, 25 x Moto2, 54 x MotoGP)
Total GP wins 56 (10 x 125cc, 16 x Moto2, 30 x MotoGP)
First GP Win 2010 125cc Italian GP (Derbi RSA 125)
World titles 5 (1 x 125cc - 2010, 1 x Moto2 - 2012, 2 x MotoGP - 2013, 2014, 2016)

Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa - Championship Standing: 6th – 155 points

“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. 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.”

Dani Pedrosa Statistics | More Statistics

Date of Birth 29/09/1985
Birthplace Sabadell, (Catalonia) – Spain
Height 160 cm
Weight 51kg
Hobbies Cycling, Motocross, Windsurfing, Cinema
Racing number 26
First race 1997 Pocket bike race
Grand Prix debut 2001. 125cc Japanese GP, Suzuka – (Honda RS125R)
GPs raced 266
GP pole positions 48 (9 in 125cc, 9 in 250cc, 30 in MotoGP)
Total GP podiums 148 (17 x 125cc, 24 x 250cc, 107 x MotoGP)
Total GP wins 53 (8 x 125cc, 15 x 250cc, 30 x MotoGP)
First GP win 2002. 125cc Dutch GP, Assen – (Honda RS125R)
World titles 3 (1 x 125cc - 2003, 2 x 250cc - 2004, 2005)
Location Information

The Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana was completed in 1999 and held rounds of the MotoGP and Spanish Motorcycle Championships in the same year. The Cheste track has several layouts, running anti-clockwise with varying lengths. MotoGP events are held on a 4km track comprising of five right handed corners, eight… read more.

Length 4.005 kilometres / 2.489 miles
Width 12 metres
Left corners 9
Right corners 5
Longest straight 0.876 kilometres / 0.544 miles
Constructed 1999

Circuito de la Comunidad Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, Cheste, Spain - View in Google Maps

www.circuitvalencia.com

Records

Pole Position 1m 29.401s (161.2km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
Race Lap 1m 31.171s (158.1km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
Race Time 45m 54.228s (157 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
2016 Race Winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)