Dani Pedrosa retires and will close his career as a MotoGP rider at the end of the season. The three-time world champion announced today his retirement at Sachsenring, in front of his family and dozens of journalists, after 18 years in the Motorcycling World Championship, definitively closing the door that remained open to continue in MotoGP with the satellite team of Yamaha in this way, all its sporting trajectory will have been developed within HRC.
The pilot of Castellar del Vallès came to the world championship in 2001 after passing through the Movistar Junior Cup and the Spanish Speed Championship. Alberto Puig, his discoverer, bet on him repeatedly until it exploded in the 2003 season and won the title of just before suffering an accident in Phillip Island in which he fractured both ankles.
Although he could barely train for his 250cc jump, he won his first race (South Africa 2004) and ended up winning the title in his debut year. He revalidated it the following year and confirmed his signing for the Repsol Honda Team as three-time world champion. It was the great promise, the anti-Rossi needed the championship to recover the emotion of the old battles.
During his MotoGP career, the #26 numbers are typical of a champion, despite the fact that the crown of the premier class is his unfinished business. He has obtained the sub-championship three times and in the 2012 season he was 18 points away from the thorn beating Jorge Lorenzo, but two incidents (Misano and Phillip Island) deprived him of it. More than 30 injuries suffered have been a great burden.
In the list of Dani Pedrosa highlights 112 podiums in MotoGP, of which 31 have been triumphs. During the last 16 years he has won at least one race per season and in the premier class, he is matched with Giacomo Agostini as a rider with more consecutive seasons winning at least one Grand Prix. It could surpass him if he rises to the top of the podium in this course, something that would also allow him to break with Mick Doohan in the number of World Cup victories (54). Record numbers for a champion without a crown.