Pedrosa: 10 Years in World Championship
This Friday, Dani Pedrosa will celebrate his 10th anniversary as a World Championship motorcycle racer. The Spaniard has exclusively competed on Honda machines throughout his World Championship career.
Since entering the 125cc World Championship on April 8, 2001, Pedrosa has competed in 164 races, finishing on the podium in more than half of those races.
The 25-year-old Spaniard sercured three World Championships (one in 125cc, two in 250cc), and has a total of 35 victories (one in every five races).
At the age of 15, Pedrosa entered the 125cc Class after being picked from a pool of talent in the Movistar Activa Cup, a Spanish motorcycle racing series for the younger generation. Pedrosa, who idolized the great Mick Doohan, raced for three years on the Honda RS125, taking the championship in his third year (2003).
Pedrosa then move to the 250cc Class for two years, taking both of those championships (2004-2005) aboard the Honda RSW250.
With three titles under his leathers at 20-years-old, Pedrosa entered the MotoGP in 2006 aboard the RC211V, the 990cc prototype. Pedrosa was teammates with the American Nicky Hayden, who took his first and only championship that season.
Although many criticized Pedrosa due to his small stature (5 feet, 2 inches tall, about 115 pounds), he proved them wrong, taking two victories that year aboard the RC211V (Chinese Grand Prix, British Grand Prix). He finished fifth overall.
In 2007, the 800cc era began in MotoGP. Pedrosa showed much promise, and has finished third or better in the championship every season: second in 2007, third in 2008, third in 2009, second in 2010.
His second-place overall finish in the 2010 MotoGP Championship was a very impressive feat for Pedrosa, considering he fractured his shoulder at Motegi that season. Pedrosa would miss three rounds, but remained the biggest rival of 2010 MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo.
As for 2011, Pedrosa has finished on the podium in the first two races, taking third at Qatar and second at his home race in Jerez. After the Spanish Grand Prix, Jerez underwent a second operation to his injured shoulder, which will hopefully fix the numbness encountered in his left arm.
If Pedrosa regains optimal strenght in his shoulder, he will be a major contender for the 2011 MotoGP Championship.
To view an illustrated breakdown of Pedrosa’s career in the World Championship, click the final image above, and expand it by clicking the white X in the lower right-hand corner.