Spain’s Dani Pedrosa returns for Austrian Grand Prix

Spain's Dani Pedrosa returns for Austrian Grand Prix
Spain's Dani Pedrosa returns for Austrian Grand Prix Credit: Instagram

Spain’s Dani Pedrosa returns for Austrian Grand Prix, and one final race.

The veteran Moto GP rider from Barcelona, will race today Sunday, August 8 at the Austrian Grand Prix, some three years after having retired.

Pedrosa retired in 2018 after his last full season. He had confessed that due to ‘age and injury’ he would no longer be competing. He is still only the grand old age of 35 years old.


He has now been invited back to take part in the RC16 as a ‘wildcard’. It had previously been rumoured that he would be returning for one last race, but this is now a reality.

“It’s been a long time since my last race and, of course, the mentality for riding in a Grand Prix is different from that of test-riding,” said Pedrosa.

“My aim for the Austrian Grand Prix is to trial the features of the new bike in a race situation.

“Watching from home, I’ve been able to see improvements and new developments in bikes and races, but to be able to understand how MotoGP is nowadays, its new technologies and how to compete and what strategies to use against the others, this wildcard appearance will be crucial.”

The veteran racer does not expect to win at the Red Bull Ring but he hopes to test out the bike, and is sure to put on an excellent show.

“It’s hard to talk about my expectations after so long away from competition,” said Pedrosa.

“Maybe I’ll just slot straight back into race mentality, or maybe I won’t, but we’ll try to enjoy the weekend as much as we can.”

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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.


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