Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez says he is glad to have teammate Dani Pedrosa back in action for this weekend's season-ending MotoGP race at Valencia.
Pedrosa, who confirmed he will be back in the paddock at Valencia, has missed the last three races after crashing during the third free practice session at Motegi in October, which resulted in him breaking his collarbone in four places and fracturing his right fibula.
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The 23-year-old Marquez, who clinched his third MotoGP title and fifth world title overall at Motegi, Japan with three rounds remaining after Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo crashed out of the race, heads to the Ricardo Tormo Circuit having had four podiums including victories in 2012 and 2014.
Teammate Pedrosa has a fantastic record in Valencia with 11 podiums, including six victories in 2012, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2004 (250cc) and 2002 (125cc).
In an interview with PaddockTalk, Marquez said he was looking forward to celebrating being the 2016 world champion with his family and friends and added that it was good to see Pedrosa back in action at Valencia.
"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," said Marquez. "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.
"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.”
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Pedrosa, who is sixth in the MotoGP standings with 155 points, acknowledged that things had not been easy while recovering from his injuries but went on to say that he loved racing at Valencia and could not wait to get started in front of the fans.
"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," said Pedrosa. "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 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."
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