The MotoGP veteran will hang up his overalls after 18 years in the paddock!
The news we all expected has been announced today after Repsol Honda decided to sign up fellow Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo. There were rumors that Pedrosa would sign up for the newly formed Satellite Petronas Yamaha team but he put those rumors to bed in the press conference ahead of this weekends German Grand Prix.
“Next year I won’t compete in the Championship, I’ll finish my career in MotoGP this season. 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.”
“I would like to express how fortunate I feel to have had this experience and these opportunities in my life, it’s been an amazing life to have been racing for such an important team and in front of all the fans. I achieved way more than I expected and I’m very, very proud of what I’ve done in the sport. I’ve fulfilled my dream of becoming a racer and that’s something that I didn’t expect when I was a kid watching TV, watching riders in the World Championship. I would like to take this time to say thanks to Dorna and to Honda for giving me this opportunity way back in 1999, and to all my sponsors who’ve been with me throughout my career. I would like also to say thanks to my family, and to all the fans who supported me throughout my career and through the thick and thin, who helped me sending so many messages to overcome difficult things in the past.”
Pedrosa leaves the MotoGP paddock with 54 wins, 3 world championships and a lot of broken bones and counting!