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Dani Pedrosa to retire

Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa has announced today that he will be retiring from MotoGP at the end of the 2018 season.

With last month's announcement that he is to lose his ride to outgoing Ducati rider Jorge Lorenzo for 2019, and all other factory rides accounted for, Pedrosa's future has been the subject of much speculation in recent weeks. The best opportunity to remain on the grid looked to come from Yamaha's new SIC Petronas team, however the three-time world champion finally revealed today that he has instead decided to call it a day and hang up his familiar Repsol leathers.

Speaking at a press-conference on the eve of this weekend's round at the Sachsenring, Germany, the 32 year old Spaniard said:

"Next year I will not compete in the championship. I will finish my career in MotoGP this season.

"This is a decision I've been thinking about for a long time and it's a very 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 such an intensity as before and I now have different priorities in my life.

"I would like to express how fortunate I feel to have had this opportunity.

"It's been an amazing life to be racing for such an important team and in front of all the fans.

"So I can say I achieved way more than I expected and I'm very proud of everything I've done in the sport.

"I fulfilled my dream of becoming a racer and that is something I didn't expect as a kid watching on TV.

"Thanks to everybody who has helped me and now it's time to start a new chapter."

Pedrosa has ridden for Honda for his entire GP career, making his debut in the 125cc class back in 2001. After winning the title in 2003, he stepped up to 250's where he sealed two more championships in 2004 and 2005 before progressing to MotoGP with Repsol Honda the following year. Always the bridesmaid, he has finished runner up in the premier class three times, notching up an impressive 31 wins in the process. Although he has been overshadowed in recent years by his fellow countryman Marc Marquez, Pedrosa has always been considered one of MotoGP's "aliens", and if he choses to remain in the sport as a mentor, team manager or test rider, he will bring with him a CV that is bound to open any door of his choosing. When asked if we will see him in the paddock for 2019, he replied:

"It's difficult for me to answer completely at this moment, but of course I would like to [be here] because this is the sport I love.0

"I've been here since I was 15 years old. So I know a lot about it and I think in some ways I can still do some things, yes."

Everyone here at Doble Motorcycles wishes Dani all the best for the remainder of the 2018 season and his future thereafter.


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