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Ex-MotoGP rider Pedrosa to make automobile racing debut in 2022

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Pedrosa known as time on his storied MotoGP profession on the finish of the 2018 season, having made his debut within the premier class in 2006.  

A Honda rider for all of his grand prix profession, successful a 125cc title and two 250cc titles from 2003-2005, Pedrosa was three-times a championship runner-up in MotoGP and gained 31 races within the prime class.  

Following his retirement, Pedrosa took on a task as KTM’s official check rider, which he continues to do at this time.  

However the Spaniard will department out in 2022 to compete in a three-round marketing campaign within the Lamborghini Tremendous Trofeo Europe in a 3rd automobile entered by FFF Racing.  

Pedrosa will share the workforce’s Huracan Tremendous Trofeo EVO2 with skilled sportscar driver Antonin Borga at Imola, Misano and the Algarve Worldwide Circuit.  

“I am very glad to begin this new journey with Lamborghini and the FFF Racing Workforce,” Pedrosa mentioned.  

“It is my first expertise on the 4 wheels and, though I nonetheless have so much to be taught, I really feel very excited.

“I can not wait to be taught all of the tips of the commerce and begin at my greatest.  

“The hope is clearly to have enjoyable!” 

Pedrosa made a one-off MotoGP outing as a wildcard for KTM on the Styrian Grand Prix final yr, wherein he completed 10th having been concerned in a fiery crash with Aprilia’s Lorenzo Savadori which introduced out a pink flag. 

Pedrosa additionally examined a 2012-spec Crimson Bull System 1 automobile in Austrian again in 2018 alongside then MotoGP teammate Marc Marquez. Each Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo even have expertise of F1 equipment.

FFF Racing workforce boss Giorgio Ferro added that Pedrosa will likely be aided by ex-System 1 driver Vitantonio Liuzzi as driver coach.  

“We’re very glad that Dani has determined to begin his new profession on 4 wheels with our workforce and with Lamborghini,” Ferro mentioned. 

“His skilled and aggressive strategy will certainly permit him to face this new problem in the very best manner, supported by the professional Antonin and assisted by Vitantonio Liuzzi’s recommendation as coach.  

“Will probably be nice to share, along with our companions, this new chapter of his sporting life.  

“We welcome Dani and Antonin within the Orange1 FFF Racing household, certain that we’ll dwell collectively an incredible season.” 

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Pedrosa’s debut within the Lamborghini Tremendous Trofeo coincides with former MotoGP rival Valentino Rossi’s maiden GT World Problem Europe race at Imola.  

9-time bike grand prix world champion Rossi will compete full-time in GTWCE with Audi and WRT, as he embarks on his long-awaited automobile racing profession following the top of his glittering tenure in MotoGP on the finish of 2021.  

Pedrosa joins an inventory of different fellow MotoGP rivals to have outings in GT racing, with ex-Honda team-mate Andrea Dovizioso contesting the Lamborghini Trofeo world finals in Valencia in 2016 – successful the second race of the occasion within the Professional-Am class.  

Dovizioso additionally contested the 2019 spherical of the DTM at Misano with WRT, ending 12th and 15th within the two races.  

Lorenzo has additionally pushed a Kessell Racing-run Ferrari within the Gulf 12 Hours at Abu Dhabi in 2016, with Rossi an everyday on the occasion forward of his GT racing swap this yr.  

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