Dani Pedrosa visits Honda Racing School in Indonesia

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

The Repsol Honda rider spent two days in Indonesia following the MotoGP race at Laguna Seca.

Repsol Honda Team rider Dani Pedrosa spent two days in Indonesia following Sunday’s Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, visiting the Sentul race circuit as a guest instructor at the Honda Racing School. The Spanish three-time World Champion passed on precious riding advice to 16 lucky Indonesian students between the ages of 11 and 15. Pedrosa also performed demonstration laps on a 110cc Honda Blade in Repsol Honda Team colours - one of the machines used by the school at which Noburu Ueda, the former Honda 125cc Grand Prix winner, is the chief instructor.

“It was really good fun to ride the 110cc Blade!” Pedrosa said. “Of course it has very little horsepower compared to my RC212V, but I think it’s very good for the kids to start understanding how to ride a bike, to be familiar with the gears and the necessary riding style.” Pedrosa, who lies in second place in the MotoGP World Championship, flew directly from San Francisco after last weekend’s race at Laguna Seca to the Indonesian capital Jakarta, and then travelled to Sentul, 40km south of the city.

The Honda Race School students and more than 1,000 enthusiastic fans watched Pedrosa in his MotoGP racing leathers doing laps at the Sentul karting circuit. After the demonstration the Grand Prix star offered some advice to the aspiring riders based on his experience of starting racing when he was young. He said: “The best advice I can give you is to follow your instincts from the heart and to have fun on the bike. You have one opportunity in life, so you have to remember this and give it your all. When I started I was also very small, but I had a lot of passion.” Pedrosa continued: “I could never imagine that I would be racing in the World Championship, but I was very lucky to be part of a project - as you are now - so you have to keep dreaming and work hard to make your dreams reality.”

After spending time instructing the Honda Racing School students, Pedrosa agreed that he has always connected and communicated very well with children. “I don’t know why, but I feel very comfortable with them,” he said. “And maybe in the future I will also think about working on some kind of a project, like my manager Alberto Puig did with me when I started with the MoviStar Cup.”

It was Pedrosa’s first time in Indonesia and the first official visit to the world’s fourth most populous country by a Honda MotoGP rider. Pedrosa said: “I’m very surprised to learn how many people follow MotoGP in Indonesia. They are very passionate and really knowledgeable about the Championship. It’s a nice country, the people are very friendly and everybody tells me that I should come again to visit Bali!”

After his visit to Indonesia, Pedrosa returns home to Switzerland for some time off before the MotoGP World Championship resumes on August 15th in the Czech Republic. “I will have some rest, visit my family and have some fun with my friends after so many races in a short period,” Pedrosa said. “Then it will be time for me and the team to prepare for the second half of the season and to get ready to win races.”

Press release courtesy of Repsol Honda

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