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Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) has announced he'll be retiring at the end of 2018, after a stunning career spanning 18 seasons and a whole lot of history made. To celebrate the career of the 'Little Samurai', here are ten of his best races - from 2001 to now, via records and injuries and everything in between.
The best of one of the best:
Valencia 2012 - MotoGP - RACE - Full
Valencia 2012: His seventh win of a season that saw him so close to the crown, Pedrosa was unstoppable in mixed conditions in Valencia – taking the win ahead of Katsuyuki Nakasuga in second and the retiring Casey Stoner in third.
Jerez 2006: Highlights (MotoGP™ race)
Jerez 2006: The season opener in 2006 was Pedrosa’s first MotoGP™ podium and his first race in the premier class, won by Loris Capirossi but protagonised by both men, as well as Marco Melandri and Nicky Hayden.
Pedrosa and Puig reflect on historic victory at Welkom
Welkom 2004: Six months after a bad accident at Phillip Island just days after taking the 125 crown, Pedrosa returned to competition in South Africa but as a 250 rookie. He became the youngest winner in the class that day, at just 18 years, seven months and 11 days old – starting his title campaign off in style and going on to win the crown.
Sepang 2004: Highlights (250cc race)
Sepang 2003: Crowned 125 World Champion in Malaysia after a stunning season, Pedrosa took the title in style as he took his fifth win of the year ahead of Mika Kallio and Jorge Lorenzo.
Enjoy the 250cc race in Phillip Island, with commentary
Phillip Island 2005: After winning the 250 title as a rookie the year before, Pedrosa made it back-to-back in the Australian GP as he dueled Sebastian Porto – and won by a tiny margin to secure the crown.
2002 Dutch TT 125cc Highlights
Assen 2002: The first win! Only 16 years old, Pedrosa’s first Grand Prix victory came at Assen in his sophomore season in the 125 World Championship – seconds clear by the flag.
Daniel Pedrosa - 2004 World Champion Video
Phillip Island 2004: Sebastian Porto was the race winner but Pedrosa the title winner Down Under in 2004. The Spaniard took fourth and it was enough to see him crowned 250 Champion – as a rookie.
Pedrosa tastes debut win at China
Shanghai 2006: Fighting off teammate and eventual World Champion Nicky Hayden during the Chinese GP, Pedrosa took his first premier class win in only his fourth race in MotoGP™.
Pedrosa claims 50th win
Motegi 2015: After career-saving surgery to begin the season, Pedrosa was back on the grid and back to full strength come the latter part of the year – proving that to perfection in the Japanese GP as he took the win in mixed conditions and sliced past Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.
2001 Japanese GP 125cc Highlights
Suzuka 2001: The Japanese GP at Suzuka saw Pedrosa make his debut after coming from the CEV and the Movistar Activa Cup – tipped for great things and going on to fulfill them.
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