MotoGP: Pedrosa returns to action in Le Mans practice

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Dani Pedrosa returned to MotoGP action on Friday in practice for the French Grand Prix following a three-race stint on the sidelines due to injury.

Pedrosa had been dealing with an ‘arm pump’ injury over the winter, but was forced to have surgery on his arm following the 2015 season-opener in Qatar due to the severity of the problem.

The Spaniard was unable to take part in the next three races whilst he underwent rehabilitation, with Hiroshi Aoyama stepping in as his replacement at Repsol Honda for the rounds in Austin, Argentina and Spain.

However, after confirming his comeback to MotoGP earlier this week, Pedrosa took part in the first two practice sessions for the French Grand Prix on the Le Mans Bugatti circuit on Friday.

“I’ve been doing a lot of therapy in the past few weeks since the operation and I am improving step by step,” Pedrosa said. “I’m beginning to feel stronger and looking forward to getting back on the bike – after all, this is the best way to check the feeling after all the rehabilitation work.

“It will be good to get back to my team and catch up with them all after this time and of course to see all the fans in Le Mans, so let’s hope the weather is kind to us again like in 2014!”

Pedrosa finished 13th in the first free practice session on Friday, but managed to pick up the pace in FP2 by finishing seventh and less than six-tenths of a second down on pace-setter Bradley Smith.