Former KTM rider and tester Dani Pedrosa participated as a guest rider in the Spanish MotoGP GP and surprised everyone by finishing third on the first day of competition. Pedrosa, who retired in 2018, was a special guest of the organization (a wildcard) and rode a KTM in the race. At 37 years old, the veteran Spanish rider demonstrated a pace superior to many of the world’s best riders.
In the first practice session, Pedrosa led the standings for much of the time and finished with a time of 1m36.77s, which put him in first place. In the second session, only the Aprilias of Aleix Espargaró and Maverick Viñales managed to beat him. With his third place in the combined times, Pedrosa will be directly involved in the fight for pole position on Saturday. The Spanish rider, known as the “samurai,” has won four times at the Angel Nieto circuit and accumulated 11 podiums at the track. The Austrian team manager praised him for his fast competitive potential and conservation of talent, while Pedrosa admitted to being surprised by his good performance. With his pinpoint pace through the corners, Pedrosa recalled the vibrant duels of MotoGP’s golden era, such as those with Rossi, Lorenzo, Stoner, and Marquez. Pedrosa will be looking for an unbeatable pole position to aim for glory in a sprint he has never contested before.
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