A consistent title contender througout his GP career, Dani Pedrosa has been campaigning from Day 1 for the Repsol Honda team.
Rider: Daniel “Dani” Pedrosa
Nickname: Spanish Smurf, Pedrobot, The Slide King
Born: September 29, 1985 in Sabadell, Spain
Team: Repsol Honda
Machine: Honda RC212V (#26)
Dani Pedrosa is a racing phenomenon, plain and simple. The Spanish superstar turned everything he touched into a championship trophy in his early years. He was the youngest rider to win back-to-back 125cc and 250cc Grand Prix championships in 2003 and 2004 respectively. In 2005, after sustaining a shoulder injury, he had eight wins and 14 podium finishes en route to another 250cc World Championship title. The year after Dani joined the Repsol Honda team in 2006 to test his mettle in the MotoGP class.
His first year in the premier class was a successful one, with Pedrosa tallying two wins and eight podiums and taking Rookie of the Year honors. The diminutive Spaniard was in the running for the title right up until the final two rounds when he crashed out at Estoril. But, even more shocking, he also took out his title-leading teammate, Nicky Hayden, in the process. Pedrosa made up for the boneheaded maneuver as best he could by shielding Hayden at the Valencia finale.
Dani Pedrosa took second overall in the ’10
MotoGP series despite breaking his collar-
bone near the end of the season.
Heading into 2007 and the 800cc era, Pedrosa was poised for a title run but could not come close to the dominance of his 250 rival, Casey Stoner. However, Pedrosa was able to best Valentino Rossi in the final round of the season to steal second-place in the championship. For 2008 Pedrosa was on the RC212V, albeit running the Number 2 plate. In 2008 Dani was one of the most consistent riders in the paddock, with two wins and 11 podium finishes throughout the season.
Pedrosa suffered a pre-season crash in 2009 but the determined Spaniard faced the fierce competition head-on, finishing third overall. Repsol Honda and Pedrosa rejoined forces again in 2010 for one of their best performances yet. Toward the end of the season, however, Pedrosa suffered disappointment when a crash left him with a badly broken collarbone. Despite this, the Spaniard finished second overall behind Jorge Lorenzo, and his season included four wins, five podium finishes and four pole victories.
For 2011 Pedrosa will be campaigning aboard Repsol Honda for the sixth straight season in MotoGP. He will be joined by new teammate, Casey Stoner.
Pedrosa started the 2011 season with a string of competitive finishes, including a race win at Estoril. Prior to the Portuguese round the Repsol rider decided to undergo surgery to address a loss of feeling in his left arm. With recovery complete and a win under his belt Pedrosa headed to Le Mans for Round 4 where his fortunes took a turn for the worse. During the race he was challenging for podium position with the late Marco Simoncelli and the two made contact, causing Pedrosa to go down and break his right collarbone. Simoncelli was penalized for the incident with a ride through penalty but for Pedrosa it resulted in four straight zero points-taking rounds as he recovered.
By the time he was able to return he had slipped to seventh in the standings. He finished off the season with two more race wins and a number of podiums, ending in fourth-place.
Pedrosa continued with Repsol Honda in 2012. He notched a number of second- and third-place results through the first half of the season, earning his first race win in Round 8 at Sachsenring. From there Pedrosa mounted his strongest performance in MotoGP to-date, winning six additional races in the latter portion of the season and coming within sight of his first GP title. In the penultimate round at Phillip Island his hopes were lost after a low-side crash in the opening laps damaged his bike to the point he could no longer ride. Pedrosa took the race win the following round but finished 18 points adrift of the leader in second overall.
The Repsol rider continued with Honda into 2013 with new teammate, Marc Marquez. In the opening races of the season Pedrosa was a clear contender for the top-spot, winning two races and earning three second-place finishes through the first six races of the year. In Round 8 at Sashsenring Pedrosa hit another spot of bad luck when a high-side in practice left him with a broken collarbone. He missed the German round but was able to return for the following contest at less than 100%. Pedrosa worked his way back into podium range through the subsequent rounds as he tried to ascend back to the top of the points standings, but then an incident at Aragon set him even further back.
Pedrosa was battling with Marquez early in the race when Marquez came in too fast to a turn and was forced wide. He and Pedrosa made slight contact, which was enough to sever Pedrosa’s traction control wire and send him into a high-side crash that ended his race. He lost significant ground in the points tally and only had four races remaining to gather back what he’d lost. Though he notched a race win and three more podiums following the Aragon misfortune, Pedrosa missed a chance at the GP title again, finishing the 2013 season in third-place.
2013 – 3rd MotoGP – Honda
2012 – 2nd MotoGP – Honda
2011 – 4th MotoGP – Honda
2010 – 2nd MotoGP – Honda
2009 – 3rd MotoGP – Honda
2008 – 3rd MotoGP – Honda
2007 – 2nd MotoGP – Honda
2006 – 5th MotoGP – Honda
2005 – 1st 250cc MotoGP – Honda
2004 – 1st 250cc MotoGP – Honda
2003 – 125cc World Champion – Honda
2002 – 3rd 125 MotoGP – Honda
2001 – 8th 125 MotoGP – Honda
1995 – 4th 125cc Spanish Championship
1994 – 8th MoviStar Activa Joven Honda Cup
1993 – 1st Spanish Pocket Bike Championship
1992 – 3rd Spanish Pocket Bikes Championship