Dani Pedrosa is Spanish professional motorcycle racing driver currently riding for the Repsol Honda Team. The Spaniard has almost become synonymous with the Repsol Honda team due to his long association with the Japanese manufacturer.
125cc and 250cc Class
After finishing third in the 2002 125cc Championship, the Spaniard bettered himself by winning five races and ultimately winning the 2003 125cc Championship. Pedrosa moved to the 250cc Class in 2004.
Dani Pedrosa shocked the racing world by securing the 250cc championship in his very first season. The Spaniard continued his excellent form the following season and successfully retained his championship despite being scarred by injuries. He secured eight wins in the process, one better than the 2004 season.
Dani Pedrosa joined the Repsol Honda team before the 2006 season and impressed everyone by claiming a MotoGP victory in his very first season. He finished fifth in the championship that year. Ducati’s Casey Stoner was dominant during the 2007 season and took the championship with relative ease. The Spaniard had an intense battle with Valentino Rossi and secured the second place, beating the Italian by just one point.
Finishing second or third had become a routine for the Spaniard as he took third place or better six times in seven seasons between 2007 and 2013. However, the championship gold always eluded the Spanish rider. He came agonisingly close to lifting the title in 2012 when he was involved in a fierce battle with Jorge Lorenzo. He finished 18 points behind his fellow countryman.
Since then, there has been a dip in form as Pedrosa failed to recreate any of the class he had shown during the previous seasons. The 2016 season saw him finish the season in the sixth place, his lowest-ever finish in the premium class. The 2018 season has not been kind to the Spaniard so far. After eleven rounds, he has zero podiums to his name and is eleventh in the championship standing.
Dani Pedrosa runs out of contract in 2018, and Jorge Lorenzo is set to take his place to drive alongside Marc Marquez. Pedrosa announced that he would retire from the MotoGP Championship at the end of the 2018 season.