The news of Jorge Lorenzo signed a deal with Honda came as a surprise. Lorenzo will be racing alongside the reigning world champion, Marc Marquez, from the next season. This meant that Pedrosa has to go. This news was revealed a few weeks ago, and even today, Pedrosa doesn’t have a seat in a team.
It was being anticipated that the Spaniard would reveal something in a press conference at Catalunya, but Pedrosa hardly confirmed anything. He said, “It was my plan that I can say something here, but unfortunately things still are not as clear as I would like. All I can say today is that I have several options, good options. I need time to think about them…”
There’s no way that Pedrosa is going to retire yet. Like he said, he’s got various options, and he’d be back in the game with another team in 2019. Since the seats in all the factory MotoGP teams are now full, it’s being said that the new Petronas Yamaha team and Pedrosa would join hands.
Speaking on this, Lin Jarvis, Yamaha Racing Managing Director, said, “Talks are progressing well and I’m optimistic we’ll find a good solution. Hopefully, there will be some positive news within the next couple of weeks about 2019 and beyond. If Dani would finally be one of the riders, I think myself and Yamaha would be happy to see that.”
The next race of 2018 MotoGP season is scheduled to take place on 1 July 2018 at Assen. It will be an important race for Pedrosa. He will try to score a podium finish. He said, “Assen has been a difficult race for me in the past, though I’ve also had some good results there. The track is very fast, and the bike tends to wheelie and move a lot. You need to work on the set up well to get a bike that’s stable without losing in other areas.”
He further said, “Of course the weather, which is typically quite unstable, can make things even more challenging. That said, we worked well during the recent test in Catalunya, and we found some little setup modifications aimed at giving us better grip; now we’ll see how it goes in Assen. We’ll try and do things correctly beginning on Friday morning and be prepared for whatever kind of situation we find.”