Daniel "Dani" Pedrosa Ramal
(born 29 September 1985 in Sabadell
) is a Grand Prix motorcycle racer
. Pedrosa grew up in a village near Sabadell called Castellar del Vallès
. He is the youngest world champion in 250cc Grands Prix
. Pedrosa is 1.58m (5 ft 2in) tall and weighs 51 kg (112.4 lbs).
Dani Pedrosa started riding bikes at the early age of four, when he got his first motorcycle, an Italjet 50, which had side-wheels. His first racing bike was a minibike replica of Kawasaki
, which he got at the age of six and which he used to race with his friends. Pedrosa experienced real racing at the age of 9, when he entered the Spanish Minibike Championship and ended his debut season in second place, scoring his first podium finish in the second race of the season. The next year, Pedrosa entered the same championship, but health problems prevented him from improving his results and he ended that season in 3rd position.
In 2001, Pedrosa made his World Championship debut in the 125cc class after being selected from the Movistar Activa Cup, a series designed to promote fresh racing talent in Spain, back in 1999. Under the guidance of Alberto Puig
, Pedrosa scored two podium finishes in the first season and won his first race the following year, when he finished third in the championship. In 2003, he won five races and won the championship with two rounds remaining, scoring 223 points. In his first... Read More