Dani Pedrosa


PROFILE
Number #26
Date of birth 29 September 1985
Nationality Spain
Height 160cm
Weight 51kg
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CAREER
2001 World Championship debut
  8th 125cc World Championship
2002 3rd 125cc World Championship
2003 125c World Champion
2004 250cc World Champion
2005 250cc World Champion
2006 5th MotoGP World Championship
2007 2nd MotoGP World Championship
2008 3rd MotoGP World Championship
2009 3rd MotoGP World Championship
2010 2nd MotoGP World Championship
2011 4th MotoGP World Championship
2012 2nd MotoGP World Championship
After dominating the 125cc and 250cc categories with three consecutive World Championship titles from 2003 to 2005, Dani Pedrosa has become one of the most successful riders in Honda’s history and has achieved more podiums for the Japanese manufacturer than any other rider with a total of 112 (71 in the premier class). With three World Championship titles to his name, Dani has also shown his great talent in the premier class and since his second year in MotoGP he has finished in the top four every year. Dani has been very unfortunate with injuries he has sustained, however, after a slow start in 2012 he had an injury free season and was fighting with Jorge Lorenzo for the title up to the penultimate round of the Championship, finishing with more victories than any other rider.

After his successful debut in the MotoGP class in 2006 where he finished 5th and won the Rookie of the Year title, Dani has finished 2nd in 2007, 2010 and 2012, 3rd in 2008 and 2009 and 4th in 2011. His 2012 season saw him take seven victories, four seconds and four thirds, a total of 15 podiums and five pole positions. He finished second behind Jorge Lorenzo by just 18 points and had his most successful season in the premier class.

Pedrosa has proved his unquestionable talent, valuable experience and immense capacity of concentration and determination during these years in MotoGP. With 71 podiums in the MotoGP class, Dani is second behind Rossi (141) in all time MotoGP podiums of current riders and he is the second most successful Spanish rider with the most victories in all classes, behind Angel Nieto.

Background
His entire life has been focused around racing, since he was four years old he was speeding around local go-kart tracks, just for fun. He started to become serious about racing when he was ten, winning the Spanish Minibike series in 1998. Dani was chosen to take part in the Activa Cup, a promotion cup for young talent with RS125 race bikes supplied by Honda Spain and Telefónica MoviStar. In 2001, the former GP winner Alberto Puig promoted him to 125cc category and in 2003 Dani secured his first world title.

In 2004 he graduated to the 250cc class aboard a Honda RS250W, winning first time out and taking back-to-back world titles. His phenomenal progress continued in 2006 when he moved up to MotoGP with the factory Repsol Honda Team, winning two GPs aboard his 990cc RC211V in his rookie season. In more than six decades of GP racing, Pedrosa is the third youngest rider to have won a premier-class GP, after Honda hero Freddie Spencer and Norick Abe.

He loves cinema and is passionate about technology, never travelling without his laptop and favourite music. In his free time, he spends time with his friends and chooses to relax in mountain resorts during the winter and by the beach in the summer to practice one of his favourite sports, windsurfing. Bike trips are part of his physical training but they also serve as a good way to enjoy time with his friends and younger brother.
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