Dani Pedrosa is now in Japan for the fourteenth motorcycle racing Grand Prix of the season, to be held this weekend at Motegi, Honda’s own circuit. And it will be here, in Japan, where Dani will celebrate his 25th birthday.
Born on the September 29, 1985, the Repsol Honda rider is one of the leading figures in the Motorcycle World Championship premier-class, in a season in which he finds himself immersed in a fight for the MotoGP title.
Ten years ago, precisely in the 2001 season Japanese Grand Prix, the young Repsol rider made his debut in the Motorcycle World Championships 125cc class at just 15 years old.
At that time, the competition was held at the Suzuka circuit, not at Motegi, and that day, the world championship journey of one of the most important figures in Spanish motorcycling began.
That same year, Dani Pedrosa took his first podium, in Valencia, and, one season later, his first racing win.
His early promise was proved by his 125cc GP World Champion Title in 2003, beginning a meteoric career which took him on to win two consecutive World Championships in the two subsequent seasons, this time in the 250cc’s.
Shattering records, five years later Pedrosa made his debut in the premier-class World Championships, MotoGP, in which he is currently competing in his fifth season, has achieved four wins and positioned himself, together with fellow countryman Lorenzo, as one of the two riders who, at this time, can aspire to the MotoGP title.
Over the last ten years, Pedrosa has achieved 35 wins – 8 in 125cc, 15 in 250cc and 12 in MotoGP – 88 podiums in 160 races contested, in which he has started 35 times from pole position and has set the fastest lap time of the race 41 times.
He has three Motorcycle World Championship titles and 2,360 points, numbers which, at 25, as he turns tomorrow, he will continue to improve on day after day, fighting to achieve his lifetime dream: to be World Champion of the premier-class.