Dani Pedrosa

Factory Honda Team #26 Spanish

2017 Fourth in the MotoGP World Championship

Daniel "Dani" Pedrosa Ramal. Born in Sabadell, Catalonia, Spain, 29 September 1985. He is a Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle racer. Pedrosa grew up in a village near Sabadell called Castellar del Valles. He is the youngest world champion in 250cc Grand Prix. In spite of never being MotoGP world champion, Pedrosa has won races in twelve consecutive seasons in the championship (2006-2017). He has finished as championship runner-up on three occasions (2007, 2010 and 2012).

Pedrosa started riding bikes at the age of four, when he got his first motorcycle, an Italjet 50. His first racing bike was a minibike replica of a Kawasaki, Pedrosa experienced real racing at the age of 9, when he entered the Spanish Minibike Championship and ended his debut season in second place, scoring his first podium finish in the second race of the season. The next year, Pedrosa entered the same championship, he ended that season in 3rd position.

125cc

In 2001, Pedrosa made his World Championship debut in the 125cc class after being selected from the Movistar Activa Cup, in Spain, back in 1999. Under the guidance of Alberto Puig, Pedrosa scored two podium finishes in the first season and won his first race the following year, when he finished third in the championship. In 2003, he won five races and won the championship with two rounds remaining, scoring 223 points. In his first championship winning year, Pedrosa scored five victories and six podium finishes. A week after winning the championship, eighteen-year-old Pedrosa broke both of his ankles in a crash during practice at Phillip Island, ending his season.

250cc

After winning the 125cc Championship, Pedrosa moved up to the 250cc class in 2004 without a proper test on the new bike. Pedrosa won the first race in South Africa and went on to clinch the 250cc World Championship title, including rookie of the year. In his first season in 250cc class, Pedrosa scored 7 victories and 13 podiums. Pedrosa won another title, once again with two races remaining in championship. In 2005, Pedrosa won 8 races and scored 14 podium finishes.

MotoGP

2006 Season.

Pedrosa made the move to 990cc MotoGP bikes in 2006, riding for Repsol Honda. He finished second in the opening round at Jerez. At his fourth ever MotoGP appearance, during the Chinese Grand Prix, he won his first race. This win made him the equal 2nd youngest winner in the premier class, behind Freddie Spencer. He won his second MotoGP race at Donington Park and became a strong candidate for the MotoGP Championship. It was a memorable victory for Pedrosa, who shared the podium for the first time with Valentino Rossi in 2nd place. He also took two pole positions in the first half of the season. Until the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang, Pedrosa was 2nd in the Championship only behind his more experienced team-mate Nicky Hayden. He fell heavily during free practice. However Pedrosa still took part in the race to finish an impressive third in the race, behind Rossi and Ducati rider Loris Capirossi.

However, in the next races he struggled with the bike, moving him down to 5th place in the championship standings. His poor performance continued at Estoril. He briefly ran 2nd before being passed by Colin Edwards and then championship leader and teammate Hayden. On lap 5, he and Hayden were involved in a crash. He took 5th place in overall standings in his debut season, thus taking the title as Rookie of the Year, beating former 250cc rival Casey Stoner. He took two wins and scored 215 points in the Championship.

2007 Season.

Pedrosa continued to race with Honda in 2007 on their Honda RC212V, the new 800 cc bike. The machine had problems, and Pedrosa was taken out of races by Olivier Jacque and by Randy de Puniet. He finished the season in second place behind Stoner and ahead of Rossi. Dani won two races at Sachsenring, Germany and Valencia, Spain. Scoring 242 points. He signed a further two year contract with Repsol Honda for 2008 and 2009 seasons.

2008 Season.

In 2008 Pedrosa started the season well by scoring a podium at the first round. While leading the race and the standings in the German round, he crashed and was injured, keeping him from racing in the following two rounds. Winning the Jerez and Catalunya MotoGP races, both in Spain. He finished third in the standings in 2008. taking 249 points in the Championship.

2009 Season.

Pedrosa came 11th in the first round. At the fifth round he injured himself again in practice and then fell during the race, putting him 33 points behind the leader. Pedrosa impressively won the Laguna Seca race in America and at Valencia, Spain. Scoring 234 points to finish third in the title standings.

2010 Season.

Pedrosa won four races at Mugello Italy, Sachsenring, Germany, Indianapolis, USA and San Marino, Misano, Italy. He finished second in the championship standings behind Jorge Lorenzo with 245 points.

2011 Season.

Pedrosa remained with the Factory Repsol Honda team, who expanded to a three-rider in 2011, Dani partnering Andrea Dovizioso and Casey Stoner. Pedrosa took podium placings in the opening three races. At the Portuguese Grand Prix Pedrosa took his first win of the season. At Le Mans in France on lap 18 of the race, Pedrosa was involved in an incident with Gresini Racing's Marco Simoncelli while fighting over second place in the race; Simoncelli passed Pedrosa on the outside line, but pulled in front of Pedrosa and as a result, Pedrosa clipped Simoncelli's rear wheel and fell to the ground. Simoncelli was given a ride-through penalty, while the fall left Pedrosa with a broken collarbone, which ruled him out until July's Italian Grand Prix, where he finished in eighth place.

Pedrosa claimed his second victory of the season at the German Grand Prix, after taking advantage of an error by Lorenzo. He finished third at Laguna Seca, before taking his first pole position of the season at Brno, Czech republic. He crashed out of the race. He finished second in the next three races, before winning his third race of the season in Japan and moved within one point of team-mate Dovizioso for third place in the championship. Dovizioso finished ahead of Pedrosa in both Australia and Valencia, while the Malaysian race, Pedrosa had qualified on pole for, was cancelled due to the death of Simoncelli. With a total of 219 points, he came fourth in the Championship.

2012 Season.

Into 2012 partnering Stoner in a reduced two bike Factory Team, Dovizioso moving to the Tech3 Yamaha Team. Pedrosa finished six of the first seven races on the podium, three second places. He won his first race at Sachsenring, Germany, winning for the third year in a row. Pedrosa and Stoner had been running one-two in the race, before Stoner crashed on the final lap. Then Pedrosa finished second at the Italian Grand Prix. He signed another two-year contract extension with the Repsol Honda team from 2013 and would be partnered by Moto2 front-runner Marc Márquez. Pedrosa finished third at Laguna Seca, United States, Pedrosa took his second victory of the season at Indianapolis, winning from pole position as well as setting a lap record during the race. He followed that victory up with another at Brno, prevailing after a final-lap battle with main title rival Jorge Lorenzo.

At Misano, Pedrosa qualified on pole for the race, but he had to start the race from the back, due to a rules infraction relating to the start procedure. He had managed to make his way into the top ten on the opening lap before he was taken out by Hector Barbera, losing ground to Lorenzo, who won the race. In Aragon, Spain, Pedrosa qualified second and took the victory. In the end, Pedrosa failed to become champion after his DNF in Australia. He finished the 2012 season runner-up to Lorenzo with 332 points, the highest amount of points ever gained without taking the title at the time.

2013 Season.

Into the 2013 season with new team mate, rookie Marc Márquez. Dani won races in Spain, France, and Malaysia but missed the race in Germany, due to injury. He also failed to finish in Aragon after contact with Marquez. He scored 300 points for the season, and finished in third place in the championship, behind Jorge Lorenzo and championship winner Marquez.

2014 Season.

Pedrosa started the season well, taking four consecutive podium finishes. His only victory of the season came at Brno, Czech Republic, ending the 10-race winning streak that Marquez had been on, since the start of the season. He was involved in a three-way rivalry with Yamaha riders Lorenzo and Rossi to finish second in the championship, but had to settle for fourth place after failing to score any points in the races at Phillip Island and Sepang. Ending the season with 246 points.

2015 Season.

Into the 2015 season he took a sixth-place finish in the opening race in Qatar. He missed the following races in Texas, Argentina and Spain, after deciding to undergo surgery to alleviate his arm-pump. Pedrosa returned to racing at Le Mans but he crashed and remounted but could only finish in sixteenth place. He finished in fourth place at Mugello, Italy. Pedrosa claimed his first podium of the season at the Catalan Grand Prix, finishing third behind the Yamahas of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, then he finished in eighth place at Assen. Pedrosa finished second behind team-mate Marquez in Germany.

Pedrosa took his first victory of the season - the fiftieth of his career, becoming the eighth rider to reach that mark - in drying conditions at Motegi. The victory ensured that Pedrosa completed a fourteenth successive season with at least one win. He added a second win in Malaysia. Pedrosa finished fourth in the championship standings.

2016 Season.

Despite a difficult season, struggling with the Michelin tires and with an RC213V that he found difficult to ride, he was able to score in every race he finished and to maintain his winning streak of at least one race in each of the eleven seasons (2006-2016) that he has competed in the premier class.

Pedrosa began the season with a fifth-place in Qatar, and placed in the top five in each of the first seven rounds apart from Texas (where a crash caused by Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso took both riders out of the race), with third place podium finishes in Argentina and Catalunya, Spain. He returned to the top five in Great Britain.

Dani achieved his only win of the season with a strong performance at Misano. A highside crash in free practice 2 at Motegi essentially ended Pedrosa's season, with a fractured right collarbone, right fibula, and left foot causing him to miss all three flyaway races while recovering. He returned for the final race of the season but again crashed out of the race. Pedrosa finished sixth in the championship standings, his worst finish to a season since his rookie year in the premier class.

Dani Pedrosa signed another two year contract with Repsol Honda for 2017 and 2018.

2017 Season.

Dani Pedrosa qualified in seventh at the opening round Qatar GP, spent the early part of the race in mid-pack, then bided his time as riders started falling off in front of him, he ultimately finishing fifth.

In Argentina, at the Rio Hondo Circuit, Pedrosa spent the race carving by other rider, passing and repassing them until Pedrosa did a copy of Marquez' fall at Turn 2 on Lap 14 and was out the race.

In the American MotoGP race at the Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texax, the Factory Hondas and Yamahas emerged from the early chaos with Dani Pedrosa at the front from the start. Marquez took the lead from Pedrosa on Lap 9. Rossi went through on Pedrosa on Lap 19. Marquez wins Rossi second and Pedrosa third.

Dani Pedrosa won the Spanish MotoGP race at Jerez, Spain, after keeping his Repsol Honda just out of reach of team-mate Marc Márquez. Pedrosa took the hole shot from pole. From lights to finish flag for his first win of the year. Teammate Marquez gave chase for most of the race, but never seemed to have quite enough to mount a serious challenge to Pedrosa.

Pedrosa having qualified13th at Le Mans in France, was busy slicing his way through the field. He caught Crutchlow, Dovizioso, and pushed his way past Crutchlow into 5th place by Lap 15, turning his attention to teammate Marquez. Suddenly, on Lap 17, under pressure from Pedrosa Marquez lost the front and out of the race. Then with Rossi sliding off, Dani Pedrosa got himself on the podium.

Dani Pedrosa qualified fifth in the San Marino GP, Mugello, Italy. A bad start saw him drop down the field. He caught Crutchlow in 11th, Pedrosa went for a dodgy pass which didn't work and both went down. An angry Crutchlow was seen pushing Pedrosa while he was trying to apologize.

In the Catalunya Grand Prix, Barcelona, Spain, Marquez and Pedrosa were making overtakes on each another through the middle of the race until Lap 17, when Dovi went through on Pedrosa into the lead he would keep for the rest of the race. Marquez later passed Pedrosa who had shot his tyres earlier in the race. Dani Pedrosa still finished a good third though.

Dani struggled all weekend at Assen, Netherlands, qualifying 12th and finished the race 13th. Not a good day for him.

In Germany Dani Pedrosa pushed his Honda to third in qualifying for another front row start at the Sachsenring. The race started as a Repsol Hondas 1-2 with Jonas Folger in pursuit, Folger got by Pedrosa on Lap 5. Pedrosa battled on but lost ground to the leaders. He finished on the podium third after a good ride, crossing the line almost three seconds ahead of Maverick Viñales.

In Qualifying at Brno, Czech Republic, Dani Pedrosa took third, It was a great day for the factory Repsol Honda team with a 1 - 2, as Dani Pedrosa finished a credible second to celebrate his 150th podium.

At the Austrian GP Pedrosa qualified down in eighth, on the Spielberg circuit, in Austria. From the start Dani Pedrosa tried to catch the leading pair, but he couldn't stay with their electrifying pace. Pedrosa steadily passed some riders and soon was up to third and on the tail of the leaders, Dovizioso and Marquez, but they took off leaving Pedrosa to come home in third place.

In the British Grand Prix, at Silverstone, Great Britain. Dani Pedrosa qualified seventh. Struggling he rode a steady race to come seventh.

In Italy, Pedrosa qualified seventh for the San Marino MotoGP race.. But the circuit was very wet and treacherous. Dani Pedrosa, who struggled with his tyres and dropped towards the rear of the pack early on. Kept it upright he still managed to finish 14th.

For the Aragon MotoGP race, in Spain. Pedrosa qualified in sixth. In the race Dani got by Vinales then caught and passed Rossi for third and went after Lorenzo. He made a clever pass Lorenzo. The race moved into the final stages, the Honda duo, Marquez and Pedrosa 1st and 2nd.

At the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit, Japan, Pedrosa qualified in sixth. The Repsol Honda rider Pedrosa struggled in the wet again like he has done all year. He retired saying it was too dangerous to continue, as he couldn't to any heat into his tyres for grip.

In Phillip Island, Australia, Pedrosa qualified 12th. In a lack lustre race he just managed to snatch 12th from Dovizioso on the last lap.

Next was Sepang, in Malaysia. Dani Pedrosa was quickest in qualifying taking another Pole. Hondas Marquez took the lead Pedrosa in fourth. Dovizioso soon caught and passed Pedrosa to finish fifth.

Back to Spain for the race at Valencia, Pedrosa qualified fifth for the last race of the year. Pedrosa made a good start, Marc Márquez took the lead from pole, with Pedrosa in second, he was protecting Marquez from the rest of the field, but soon caught by Johann Zarco. Zarco got by Pedrosa. Determined Zarco pushed for the win. A battle royale between Zarco and Pedrosa ensued with the clever Repsol Honda rider waiting and making his move on the final lap. Dani Pedrosa managed to keep Zarco behind him to end his season with victory and fourth in the championship with 210 points.

When Dani is not racing he likes to keep fit by Supermoto, cycling, wind surfing and has a motor boat. Also he does a lot of promotional work for Honda, meeting his fans all over the world. He takes part in Honda promotion days.

For example, the Honda Racing Thanks Day, which had twenty-four thousand fans packing Motegi's grandstand for the event and welcomed newly crowned 2017 MotoGP World Champion Marc Márquez and teammate Dani Pedrosa, along with fellow HRC motorsport personalities including 2018 MotoGP rider Takaaki Nakagami.

They were racing Honda Super Cub 110 "step-throughs" with Repsol livery in their Repsol helmets and leathers! The mopeds are a single-cylinder 110cc with just 8 horsepower. That compares with their RC213V race machines with about 125hp! Despite starting toward the back, it's not long before the pair are competing for the lead. At one point Marc Marques switches on the indicator to distract Dani! Dani claiming the win over his Spanish compatriot. In a display of bravado, Marc ends the race by sliding into a wall!

Dani Pedrosa has a girlfriend named Yvette Amescua. Dani Pedrosa has been dating her since 2004.

Yvette is always with Dani during the race weekend, and a regular in the MotoGP paddock. Yvette is pretty blonde girl. Born on 2nd August 1985, she is Spanish woman and an artist. Yvette is also one of the most beautiful models in Mango, Spain. She studied at the Universitat Abat Oliba Ceu, Barcelona, Espana and at the Universidad de Barcelona, Espana. (Barcelona University, Spain).

As a MotoGP rider, it is not easy for Pedrosa to find much time for Yvette. What with the race practise, qualifying and race day. Plus PR commitments and meeting his fans. Practically, the most time is only when the race season is over.

During the close season this year, they took a holiday together in Mallorca, Spain. The Repsol Honda Team Racer was on holiday with Yvette Amescua, he hesitantly showed her off to their friends. Not surprisingly, during the holidays, Dani's attention is on his beautiful girlfriend Yvette. Also, when he was injured, recovering she was always by his side. Look out for her at the next race!

- Roland Potter