Now yes, Dani Pedrosa has already made a decision for his immediate future. The HRC pilot has just sent a brief press release in which he confirms that his future is already closed, and adjourns all his followers to the next Grand Prix of Germany to make the news known.
The full statement sent by Dani Pedrosa says the following: “Dear all, I have finally made the decision regarding my future, I want to communicate it personally and to everyone at the same time, so at Sachsenring I will give a press conference to announce it. Please respect my decision to wait until then to make it public. Thank you very much in advance“.
At the moment there is no confirmed date or time for this press conference in the Sachsenring paddock, although everything is going to take place on Thursday, July 12 at 4:00 p.m., as it happened in Barcelona on June 14, although on that occasion we are left with the desire to know what will be Dani Pedrosa in 2019.
According to the comments circulating in the paddock, the pilot of Castellar del Vallés had the firm intention of announcing in Barcelona his retirement from the world of competition. However, 24 hours earlier Carmelo Ezpeleta personally called Dani to ask him not to rush to the possibility of the Yamaha – Petronas project going ahead, especially now that Jorge Lorenzo had left that seat free after closing his deal with Honda.
Since then, there has been much news that has been read in national and international media in which the agreement between Dani Pedrosa and this new satellite structure of Yamaha, which would rely on the Angel Nieto Team to put on the track are taken for granted. M1 satellites with the economic backing of Petronas.
The agreement between Yamaha and Petronas was made “at 75%” according to Speedweek just a week ago, but some details still needed to be polished. For example, what role will Jorge Martínez Aspar and Angel Nieto Team play in this project; The former Valencian pilot plans to leave Ducati at the end of the season to embark with Yamaha and Petronas on this ambitious project, but it is not clear who will control the team: whether Aspar himself or Razlan Razali, the CEO of the International Circuit of Sepang. In fact, Razali and Aspar met this past weekend in Assen to address this issue and close the fringes of the agreement.
At the moment, everything that is talked about the future of Dani Pedrosa until the next Grand Prix of Germany is speculation. Only #26 Dani Pedrosa knows what he will do from next January 1, 2019: be a satellite pilot with Yamaha or hang up his boots and devote himself to other tasks after a life dedicated to competition