Dani Pedrosa, The Silent Samurai

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Dani Pedrosa isn’t the most popular grand prix rider with American fans of the sport, but for those who have taken the time to interact with the three-time world champion likely found him to be likable, intelligent, and quietly competitive.

These attributes earned Pedrosa the nickname “The Silent Samurai” – a reference that was worn on the back his racing helmet. One of the original MotoGP aliens, Pedrosa could never be discounted on Sunday for the win.

He finished his career with 112 podiums in the MotoGP category alone, and had it not been for the plethora of injuries he sustained through that career, we wonder how many MotoGP titles he could have to his name. Three perhaps?

Now paying tribute to Dani Pedrosa, Red Bull has put together an excellent 30-minute video on this reserved racer that is well-worth watching.

Among one of the more interesting interviews in the film is with Alberto Puig – the man responsible for jump-starting Pedrosa’s career…and killing it.

Be forewarned though, if you weren’t already a fan of Dani Pedrosa before watching this documentary, you run the risk of becoming one. For Americans, that can be difficult thing to process.

Source: Red Bull (YouTube)

Jensen Beeler

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