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Dani Pedrosa’s (Repsol Honda Team) win in Jerez - the 3000th race in the World Championship - made it sixteen consecutive seasons that the Spaniard has taken a win in Grand Prix racing: a new record. The victory was also almost an entire 11 years since he first took a win in MotoGP™, putting him just behind Giacomo Agostini on the all-time list of longest winning careers in the premier class.
Behind Agostini on that stat but now equal on another, Pedrosa’s streak of winning at least one GP every year in MotoGP™ in the last twelve seasons also means he now joins the Italian legend as the only two riders to have achieved that. Now it’s time for the record breaker to head for Le Mans, where he last won in 2013 – right after he’d just taken victory in the Spanish GP that year.
As well as that MotoGP™ win, the Repsol Honda rider has two 250cc poles at the French venue, four pole positions in MotoGP™, a 125cc win and two 250cc wins at the track – an impressive record as we gear up for round five of the year.
Le Mans is also resurfaced for this season, and the weather in France is always a question – making the weekend a challenging one. But Pedrosa is positive after the stunning win in Jerez, and only 10 points off the Championship lead.
Dani Pedrosa: “After a great weekend in Jerez we now head to Le Mans in a very positive mood. The French GP is always challenging. To begin with the weather is usually quite changeable which makes it difficult to find rhythm in the practice sessions or to plan how to improve run by run as it may be too cold or the total opposite, very hot. The track itself is very short and the smallest differences in the lap times can make a great difference in the standings. I hope the bike works well on the new asphalt. You need good acceleration and good braking, but consistency is the real key. We are working well with the team and we’ll try to maintain the same level also there.”
Dani Pedrosa: A winner in motorcycle racing for over 16 years