Dani Pedrosa has twice been the runner-up to the MotoGP championship, but has yet to wrap his hands around the MotoGP World Championship Trophy. That doesn't mean that Pedrosa doesn't have a few wins to his name. Pedrosa's riding career is littered with wins, podiums and championships, and he'll be looking to add to that list this year.
Like many other MotoGP stars, Dani Pedrosa hopped on his first motorcycle at a very young age. Pedrosa was up on two wheels by the age of four, and was riding pocket bikes by the age of six. Pedrosa's first entry into the racing world came at the age of 11 when he rode in the Spanish Minibike Championship. Pedrosa finished 2nd in his debut, third in his sophomore season, and in 1998 he claimed his first Championship win.
After a brief stint with mountain bike racing, Pedrosa returned to the world of motosports to compete in the 125cc Spanish Championship. Pedrosa raced in four of the six races that year, and earned the pole position at each outing. Pedrosa would finish in fourth place in his 125cc debut, which earned him a promotion to the 125cc MotoGP class.
Pedrosa spent the next two years learning the ropes of the MotoGP. Pedrosa finished in 8th place during the 2001 season, and third place in 2002. The following year Pedrosa would win the 125cc World Championship. After conquering the 125cc class, Pedrosa stepped up to the 250cc class, where he won the championship in his rookie season.
At just 19-years-old, Pedrosa became the youngest person ever to win the 250cc championship victory. In 2004, Pedrosa became the youngest person to win back to back 250cc titles.
But Pedrosa wasn't done earning "youngest" records. After taking the step up to the MotoGP class in 2006, Pedrosa became the youngest Spaniard to ever win a MotoGP race, and the second youngest of any nationality. Pedrosa earned his first MotoGP win in just his fourth attempt, at 20 years and 277 days old.
Pedrosa hasn't been able to claim the MotoGP championship yet, but you can bet that he is ready for it this year. Pedrosa has finished in second in the MotoGP championship twice, and has been in the top three the last four years.
Pedrosa found himself riding a bit of a hot streak toward the end of the 2010 season, but an injury kept him from challenging Jorge Lorenzo for the 2010 MotoGP championship. Pedrosa is healthy this year, and he's riding an amazingly fast Honda RC212V. Lorenzo, Stoner, Rossi, they should all watch out because Pedrosa's coming for the title.
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