Pedrosa inspired by Stoner, driven by Lorenzo

Pedrosa inspired by Stoner, driven by Lorenzo

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In eighteen seasons spent in the World Championship, Dani Pedrosa has acquired a status of reference, greatly respected and regularly honored by his peers since he ended his starting career.

Thus, a few months ago, Casey Stoner declared that it was at his side that he learned the most. Recently asked by Marca about this statement, the Spaniard reacted: “Well, when he said that, we had seen each other not long before… and I had told him the same thing! I raced with him from when I was 15 in the Spanish championship, but almost always in different teams. When he arrived at Repsol Honda [en 2010, ndlr], I was able to understand how he did those things that I saw on television without understanding them. When he was in the team, I discovered him, he opened my eyes and I learned a lot.”

It is this cohabitation that allowed Pedrosa to enrich himself by observing as closely as possible who was his opponent. However, this was not possible with its other direct rivals: “Jorge, for example, I haven’t been in the same team as him. So I couldn’t understand how he did what he did.” However, Pedrosa found an emulation with Jorge Lorenzo, both having been opposed in a very strong rivalry which he assures that it led him to push his limits.

“I have a vision; I don’t want to sound arrogant, but here’s what I think: when I was racing 125cc and winning the championship [en 2003, ndlr], I felt like I was opening a new path for many Spaniards to believe in the possibility of winning and being champions. Whether it was for physical reasons or because they thought that since I had done it and they had known me since I was little, they saw that by working hard it was possible. explains the Catalan, born in 1985.

And to continue: “My big rival was Jorge, who is a little younger than me. We fed on each other. Me, it motivated me a lot to confront him. Against Stoner too, but it It was especially with him that I felt the need to push my limits even further because he arrived with the desire to take this place. I, who was two years older, tried to obtain results, then he did the same and it created an explosion that showed a lot of other riders that it was possible.”

Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo fight for victory at Brno in 2012

Compassion for Marquez’s situation

Arrived in MotoGP in 2006 after having chained three titles in the small world categories, Dani Pedrosa was a pillar of the Honda clan, first teaming up with Nicky Hayden for three years, before seeing the arrival of Andrea Dovizioso then Casey Stoner. He was then associated for a long time with Marc Márquez, who arrived in 2013 to replace the Australian, who had just suddenly hung up.

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Eight years younger than Pedrosa, the newcomer immediately took the lead and changed the internal dynamics at Honda, while opening a period of dominance in MotoGP only marred by the failure of 2015. After a record season in 2019, it was a broken arm that collapsed the supremacy of Márquez, forced to several long convalescences for two years. Even today, the Spanish star is absent following a fourth operation on this still bruised arm and his former teammate shows compassion for this situation which he understands very well.

“Everyone has their own way of going through these situations, every circumstance is different. I’ve had a lot of operations where the doctor did it super well the first time and…I’ve been lucky. But I I had others where, I don’t know why, it was the opposite”, recalls Pedrosa.

“Then you fall into a spiral with one operation, then another operation, another and another… Each operation is more complicated than the previous one because we have already had one before… It is a process in which you never want to suffer, you want everything to go right the first time because that’s what’s best for everyone, but he ended up in this situation. and not just me, a lot of champions have suffered from situations like this.”

“It’s when it lasts for a long time that confidence is most shaken. You spend more time at home or in the hospital looking for answers and wondering if you will ever find a body like before. It’s where the mental aspect is important as well as being surrounded by people who watch over you.”

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