Today's session has split into couple of segments in order to crown the Spaniard, Dani Pedrosa for his 18 successful years in the Grand Prix paddock, before the actual media session.
Therefore, Pedrosa, on his home soil, becomes Veteran and Legend for his significant works and wins in his career. Though he has won many race weekends (tally of 51) and secured Runner-up on three occasions and, also, been praised as “a little Samurai” by the partisans.
He says, “It is a very emotional moment and you never really expect this moment to arrive when you are a kid fighting for your dreams.”
“Now to be here it is a bit strange. I am happy because I felt a lot of support from all the fans and I felt a lot of support from all of the paddock and I am really happy about this moment seeing my rivals across my life.
Furthermore, he continues, “I feel that MotoGP has given me a lot of things in my life as I grew up here and I’ve learnt a lot of things in my life thanks to MotoGP. I am very happy that I could give something to MotoGP. When I started it was a new generation that followed winning races and winning championships, not only me but the riders in front of me.
“This is good for me as it is a nice feeling to know we opened the style and a door for the new generation.”
Fortunately, Dani Pedrosa will be linked with MotoGP in the upcoming sessions, as signed up a test role deal with KTM Racing.
Pre-event Press Conference
The climax race of 2018, Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana, at circuit Ricardo Tormo hops into the race weekend with Press Conference. The riders have appeared in the session: Champion Marc Marquez(HRC Honda), Jorge Lorenzo(Ducati), Valentino Rossi(Movistar Yamaha), Alex Rins(Suzuki), Johann Zarco(Yamaha Tech3), and Alvaro Bautista(Angel Nieto Team).
Marquez begins by mentioning his fellow Spaniard, “I always say that the most beautiful thing about Dani said an amused Marquez is that he is not like the people they think he is Iremember once I think it was im Japan, we were celebrating with the Karaoke the victory of a championship and there was Dani singing without a shitt and he looked completely something you would never imagine of Dani.”
Jorge expresses his return from injury and last outing in desmosedici, “I will be riding on Sunday, I feel quite well to be able to ride.
“In Sepang I wasn’t or I wasn’t able to fight for something important, top 10 or top 15, I was too slow.
“But luckily the injury has improved so much in the last 10 days, everyday was important. It will be a very emotional race because this race will close an important chapter in my career so let’s see.”
Rossi, on the other hand, has revealed his initial fear about Pedrosa and his memories, “When Dani arrived in 2006 we were all very scared, because he won 2 Championships in the 250 and he could already win his debut, he was a great rival, I remember very tough battles, maybe the most intense was in 2006 at Brno , when we were fighting for the 2nd place, it would have deserved a World Championship because it won a lot, it was super competitive, we will miss it, I was hoping it would remain, it's an important piece of MotoGP that goes away.”
In addition, the Doctor gives his opinions about 2018 season, "Season very similar to 2017, maybe that was upside because at the beginning of the season we were more competitive, it was difficult because in many races we struggled and it was hard to maintain the same concentration. Always positive home birth, never give up, trying to do everything possible to improve."
Bautista, who’s going to join the World Superbike Championship, says, "Interesting challenge in Superbike: winning the title and returning to MotoGP? Who knows, I'm certainly not thinking about it.”
The pilots are asked to rate the lotus 2019: they chooses
Marc Marquez - 9.5
Rossi - 7
Rins and Zarco - 7.5
Lorenzo - 7
Bautista - 8
The first episode of practice kicks off at 09:55 in the local time(GMT +1). Enjoy the weekend!