ANYTHING FOR A QUIET LIFE
Pedrosa has always been the quiet man of Motogp. Until the last few years his awkwardness in the spotlight was close to Casey Stoner levels. That’s why people called him ‘Pedrobot’, because he was so stony-faced when the cameras were on him. Like Stoner, he loves racing motorcycles, everything else is an unwanted distraction.
But Pedrosa isn’t convinced that some of the riders who play up to the cameras are being totally sincere. “Just because I don’t always smile doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying myself,” he said some years ago. “I think some racers just show another face when they are off the bike.”
Pedrosa was born to a workingclass family from a Barcelona suburb, but now he’s very rich. That’s what 13 years as a factory Motogp rider does for you, so long as you don’t blow your cash on private jets and other glittering trinkets, and Pedrosa tends not to fall into that trap.
The only man to have won at least one GP a year over 16 seasons, Pedrosa will still be around in Motogp for the next few years. He has joined KTM as Motogp test rider, which means lots of time on the bike and minimal time in front of the cameras. Perfect.