Dani Pedrosa to retire at end of 2018 MotoGP season

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Chemnitz, Germany – Spanish rider Dani Pedrosa is to retire from MotoGP at the end of the season in November, bringing down the curtain on an 18-year profession in Grand Prix motorcycling. The 32-year-old Honda veteran made the announcement at the German Grand Prix on Thursday.

“Subsequent 12 months I will not compete within the Championship, I am going to end my profession in MotoGP this season,” he advised reporters at the Sachsenring. “It is a resolution I’ve considered for a very long time, and it is a laborious resolution as a result of that is the game I like.

“However regardless of having good alternatives to preserve racing, I really feel like I do not dwell racing with the identical depth as earlier than and I now have completely different priorities in my life.”

His manufacturing unit crew signed triple MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo from Ducati in June as Pedrosa’s alternative for the 2019 season.

In an 18 12 months profession Pedrosa gained 54 Grands Prix and three world titles. File picture: Mirco Lazzari / Getty

Pedrosa, whose prime flight profession has been stricken by accidents and operations, has spent his whole Grand Prix profession with Honda since his 125cc debut in 2001. He was 125cc world champion in 2003 and took 250cc crowns in 2004 and 2005. He’s additionally a thrice runner-up in MotoGP and has gained 31 Grands Prix with Honda within the prime flight in addition to 23 in decrease classes.

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