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Daniel Pedrosa profile

By Dan Moakes
September 4 2006

Daniel ‘Dani’ Pedrosa Ramal
nationality · Spanish
born · 29 September 1985
grand prix début · 2001
moto grand prix début · 2006

The protégé of former Grand Prix winner Alberto Puig, who has looked after his career since 1999, Daniel Pedrosa is HRC’s great hope for the future in MotoGP. With three world titles for Honda in the smaller GP categories by the age of twenty, he became a winner in the biggest class after just four starts in 2006. A quiet but determined racer, Dani benefited from his lightweight build on the smaller capacity bikes, but has since shown that it is no disadvantage when it comes to the 990cc machines. He will look to follow in the footsteps of Álex Crivillé, Spain’s only World Champion in the premier GP category

1990
First motorcycle experience, on a 50cc Italjet motocross bike with stabilisers

1992
Pocket bike racing début on a Kawasaki

1996
2nd in Spanish Minibike championship - 6th in first race, podium in second race

1997
3rd in Spanish Minibike championship - slow start to the season due to illness

1998
Spanish Minibike Champion

1999
8th in MoviStar Activa Joven Honda Cup (Spanish Honda 125cc Youth Cup) - picked for future 125 competition by Alberto Puig, along with Joan Olivé and Raúl Jara

2000
4th in Spanish Open 125cc championship, with MoviStar Junior Team Honda - 2nd in Jérez, 3rd in Cheste, four pole positions

2001 Telefónica MoviStar jnr Team, number 26 Honda
15-year-old Dani was the youngest in the team as Puig brought Pedrosa, Olivé and Toní Elías into the 125cc Grands Prix. Elías was the first to make an impact, but Pedrosa was hot on his heels with seventh in round six, and a strong second half of the season. This included some second row qualifications, then the front row twice, plus top five results including third in Valencia and Motegi. 100 points meant eighth overall

2002 Telefónica MoviStar jnr Team, number 26 Honda
Year two saw Dani as a full 125cc title contender, with podium results from round two onwards. His first win, still aged only sixteen, came at Assen, and two more followed. A crash in Brazil didn’t help, but 243 points put him third in the championship, behind only Arnaud Vincent and Manuel Poggiali. The Spaniard started from pole six times, and recorded two fastest laps

2003 Telefónica MoviStar Junior, number 3 Honda
By 2003, Pedrosa was ready to take the 125cc title. Three wins from the first six rounds got him well on course, and no other rider could seem to mount a consistent challenge after Lucio Cecchinello lost his early momentum. After Malaysia’s thirteenth round, the points lead was an impressive 64 over Stefano Perugini. With the crown therefore secured, Dani promptly crashed in practice for the following Australian round, with a technical problem leading to a pair of broken ankles and two missed races. The year’s score was 223, with five wins, three poles, and three fastest laps

Dani Pedrosa, Assen 2004 - photo by Elliot L Doering
photo by Elliot L Doering · e_doering@yahoo.com


2004 Telefónica MoviStar Honda 250cc, number 26 Honda
Dani now made the immediate step up to the 250cc Grands Prix, where he became the youngest class champion in history with his first-season success. And he did it in dominant style, winning at the first race, and recording podium results in all events bar three. With just one non-score - he fell when third in Spain - the 19-year-old racked up 317 points. As well as seven wins, there were four pole positions and eight fastest laps

© Getty Images
© Getty Images

2005 Telefónica MoviStar Honda 250cc, number 1 Honda
A repeat performance in 2005 was not so straight forward. There was another winning start for Pedrosa, but Australian Casey Stoner was in his tracks all the way. Dani won six times from his first ten races. He crashed out in Malaysia, but ultimately won the title with eleven results of first or second, and it emerged later that this was despite a shoulder injury sustained at Motegi. The final win total was eight, plus five poles, seven fastest laps and 309pts

Dani Pedrosa, Donington Park 2006 - photo © Raceline Photography
© Raceline Photography

2006 Repsol Honda Team, number 26 Honda
HRC have taken Dani all the way to the top of international racing, and he is now in their works MotoGP team in charge of the RC211V. Despite his size relative to the machine, the season so far has seen race wins, including as early as round four, and several pole positions. He is currently second in the championship race


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