Pedrosa preparing for MotoGP send-off at Valencia

18-year career comes to an end this weekend in Spain’s MotoGP finale.

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Spaniard Dani Pedrosa is preparing for the final MotoGP race of his career this weekend at Valencia as the 2018 world championship comes to a close.

Pedrosa will step away from racing after 18 years, which has seen him earn three world championships in the 125cc and 250cc categories, while he’s finished runner-up in the premier MotoGP class on three occasions with 54 wins to his credit.

The 33-year-old acknowledges it will be an emotional weekend, although he’s still committed to putting on a stellar performance to conclude his career, and potentially add to the four MotoGP victories he’s earned at the venue.

“Clearly, the next race in Valencia will be a bit special, as it will be my final race, so the feeling will be different than usual,” Pedrosa commented. “It’s also going to be busy, because many of my people, friends and family will come there wishing to spend time together.

“Anyway, when I climb on my bike, my entire focus will be on riding. I like the track as it’s one of my favourites on the calendar, and of course I’ll try and get the best result possible on Sunday.”

The number 26 is set to take on a development role with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing next year, while his position at Repsol Honda will be fulfilled by multi-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo.


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