Spanish rider Dani Pedrosa is to retire from MotoGP at the end of the season in November, bringing down the curtain on an 18-year career in grand prix motorcycling.
The 32-year-old Honda veteran made the announcement at the German Grand Prix on Thursday.
“Next year I won’t compete in the Championship, I’ll finish my career in MotoGP this season,” he told reporters at the Sachsenring.
“It’s a decision I’ve thought about for a long time, and it’s a hard decision because this is the sport I love,” he added.
“But despite having good opportunities to keep racing, I feel like I don’t live racing with the same intensity as before and I now have different priorities in my life.”
His factory team last month signed triple MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo from Ducati as Pedrosa’s replacement for next season.
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