The Spanish Dani Pedrosa, team driver Honda de a MotoGP, confirmed that he will retire from the activity at the end of this season. His decision came several weeks after the Japanese brand itself announced its separation and, at the same time, appointed its compatriot Jorge Lorenzo as a new coequipier of the also Iberian Marc Márquez.
“It has been a decision that I have been meditating for a long time and it has been hard to make because this is the sport that I love, but despite having good opportunities to continue competing, I feel that I do not live the competition with the same intensity as before and now I have other priorities ", Pedrosa pointed out at a press conference at the Sachsenring circuit, the scene of the German Grand Prix this weekend.
The Catalan remarked that he has had "An incredible life" during his nearly two decades in the championship. “I can say that it has been much more than I expected and I am very proud of everything I have done in this sport. I have been able to fulfill my dream of being a pilot and that is something that I really did not expect when I was a child. I want to thank Dorna, Honda and Movistar for having given me this opportunity, now I am opening a new chapter ", Sentenció.
Pedrosa acknowledged that the opportunity presented to him with Yamaha and his future satellite team "It was good", but that he preferred to step aside. "It's just what I feel, I had to be honest with myself "He said.
In addition, he assured that he leaves without resentment for not having been champion in MotoGP. "During my career I have been champion of other categories, not being one of MotoGP is something that has been a bit circumstantial", he pointed out, without closing the doors to continue linked in one way or another to this sport. "Obviously I would like it because it is the sport I love, I know it very well and I think I can still do some things"he warned.
The one in Castellar del Vallès will thus put an end to 18 years in the Motorcycle World Championship divided into three in 125cc (2001, 2002 and 2003), two in 250cc (2004 and 2005) and 13 in MotoGP (2006 to 2018) and with the three consecutive world titles achieved between the small category (2003) and the medium category (2004 and 2005). In the queen class he was runner-up in the years 2007, 2010 and 2012.
In total, in 285 Grand Prix disputed, Pedrosa, who will turn 33 in September, has so far added 54 wins (31 in MotoGP, 15 in 250cc and 8 in 125cc) and a total of 153 podiums (112, 24 and 17), in addition to 49 poles.