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Pedrosa announces imminent retirement from MotoGP
July 13, 2018
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Paris: Spain’s Dani Pedrosa, three-times a world MotoGP championship runner-up, announced on Thursday he will retire at the end of the season.

The 32-year-old Honda rider, who won the 125cc category in 2003 and 250cc in 2004 and 2005, is 12th spot of the MotoGP standings ahead of this weekend’s German race at the Sachsenring.

One of the most successful riders of all time, Pedrosa has the third most podiums and 54 wins over his 18-year career.

Pedrosa found out in June he would be replaced at Honda next season by Jorge Lorenzo, who signed from Ducati.

“Next year I won’t compete in the championship, I’ll finish my career in MotoGP this season,” said Pedrosa, who has raced for Honda since his 125cc debut in 2001.

“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.”

Pedrosa is yet to post a top-three finish this season, and trails team-mate and standings leader Marc Marquez by 99 points after only seven races.

Honda decided to move for Ducati’s Lorenzo, who was world champion three times in the top class while with Yamaha in 2010, 2012 and 2015.

Agence France-Presse

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