Dani Pedrosa’s partnership with Honda ends after 18 years
HRC and Dani Pedrosa officially announced that their 18-year partnership will be over at the end of the 2018 MotoGP season. No news on what team picks up Dani.
Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) and Spanish rider Dani Pedrosa will put an end to their long-term partnership, official HRC sources announce. Both DP26 and Honda Repsol declared that the end of the contract was a mutual agreement, albeit we bet there’s more to this story.
Dani Pedrosa has joined forces with Honda 18 years ago, and their story stretches across all three World classes. In 2006, Pedrosa joined the Repsol Honda MotoGP team, claiming 31 victories since then, and also finishing three championships in the runner-up position.
Pedrosa is also a three-time World Champion in the former 125cc class now known as Moto3, in 2003, 2004 and 2005, and sits third in the all-time records for podium holders, behind Valentino Rossi and Giacomo Agostini.
In the current championship, Dani is on the 12th position with 29 points, after crashing on three occasions in the debut 6 races. Thankfully, Dani has not sustained injuries to sideline him this year, but it looks like his chances for a podium at the end of the current season are rather slim.
Yoshishige Nomura, HRC President: “Today is a sad day for me. On behalf of HRC, I want to thank Dani for all his hard and successful work, and to express our gratitude for these two decades together. We also wish him the very best of luck and success. Thanks, Dani.”
"I want to thank HRC for all these years of great success. I have grown not only as a rider but also as a person with them. I will always have HRC in my memories and in my heart. In life we all need new challenges and I feel it’s time for a change. Thanks, HRC," Dani Pedrosa concludes.
It’s not known which team is 32-year-old Pedrosa eyeing, but we guess we’ll learn about how this story unfolds quite soon.
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