It was a sad news when Pedrosa announced his retirement from MotoGP earlier this year. He has a fantastic racing career. He is a really talented rider. But now it’s time for him to go. Honda bids adieu to Pedrosa in a special way by presenting him with two of his former GP race bikes.
Dani received these two bikes at the Honda Thanks Day. One of them is an RCV MotoGP machine (thought to be a 2006 model) and the other one is an RS250RW two-stroke bike. Both the bikes were given to him by HRC Director Tetsuhiro Kuwata and Honda President Takahiro Hachigo.
A special end to #HondaRacingThanksDay as @26_DaniPedrosa is gifted his @MotoGP machine and RS250RW by HRC Director Tetsuhiro Kuwata and Honda Motor Co. President Takahiro Hachigo #ThankYouDani pic.twitter.com/rhL7d47Sw1
— Repsol Honda Team (@HRC_MotoGP) December 9, 2018
Honda and Pedrosa have had a long history together. The Spaniard spent his entire racing career with Honda. He started in the 125cc class in 2001, followed by two seasons in the 250cc category, and then the last 13 years of his career he spent in the factory Repsol team in MotoGP.
It was a strong relationship for both the parties. Pedrosa and Honda claimed 54 race victories together, 31 in the premier-class, whilst winning the 125cc crown in 2003, then 250cc title in 2004 and 2005.
Dani will return to the track later this month as a test rider for the RedBull KTM team and he will be accompanying the other test rider, Mika Kallio. He will be riding a KTM RC16.