Pedrosa Announces Imminent Retirement From MotoGP
Muhammad Rameez 4 days ago Thu 12th July 2018 | 10:38 PM
Spain's Dani Pedrosa, three-times a world MotoGP championship runner-up, announced Thursday he will retire at the end of the season.
Paris, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 12th Jul, 2018 ) :Spain's Dani Pedrosa, three-times a world MotoGP championship runner-up, announced Thursday he will retire at the end of the season.
One of the most successful riders of all time, Pedrosa has the third most podiums and 54 wins over his 18-year career.
"Next year I won't compete in the championship, I'll finish my career in MotoGP this season," said Pedrosa, who has raced for Honda since his 125cc debut in 2001.
"It's a decision I've thought about for a long time and it's a hard decision because this is the sport I love but despite having good opportunities to keep racing, I feel like I don't live racing with the same intensity as before and I now have different priorities in my life." Pedrosa is yet to post a top-three finish this season, and trails team-mate and standings leader Marc Marquez by 99 points after only seven races.
Marquez was full of praise for Pedrosa, who has helped him win four MotoGP crowns.
"Thanks Dani for being the mentor of many riders, we looked up to you when following our dreams. You've been a fantastic teammate," wrote the Spaniard on Twitter.
He has suffered numerous injuries in recent years including to his ankles and shoulder, perhaps preventing him from winning the MotoGP title.
The closest he came to realising his dream was in 2012, when he finished just 18 points behind Lorenzo.
Only legendary Italian Valentino Rossi (373) and Loris Capirossi (328) have started more Grands Prix than Pedrosa's 285.
Pedrosa will turn his attentions to his attempt to extend his record run of consecutive seasons with at least one race win to 18 years.