MotoGP: Pedrosa Arrested in Spain

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2012 MotoGP Rider News

With only a few days until the start of the 2012 MotoGP Championship at Qatar, one rider had a minor run-in with the law. Spanish law, that is.

This was after Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa was arrested for holding a false boat license, his lawyers tell Spanish media.

The 26-year-old Spaniard, who finished fourth in the 2011 MotoGP season, wasn’t the only one, though. His lawyers report Pedrosa and 20 others were arrested in Valencia, then released due to the crime.

Pedrosa, who took three consecutive world titles (125cc 2003; 250cc 2004, 2005) is now awaiting to see if he’ll be charged. Although some trouble was there, he admitted his faults and says he’s ready for Qatar MotoGP, which begins Thursday.

In a statement reported in Spanish media, Pedrosa says: “I committed an error, in following bad advice. You can either ignore your mistakes or you can learn from them and for my part this will be a lesson for me.

“I want to apologize to my supporters and all those who have confidence in me. Now I just want to look forward. I am a motorcyclist, the world championship begins next weekend in Qatar, and I want to focus exclusively on this race.”