"The target is to win": the Sachsenring signals the season's half-way point

2018-07-13 07:24
Riders react to Pedrosa's retirement and gear up for Germany

It was a big day at the Pramac Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland on Thursday as Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) announced his retirement, and that dominated headlines as much as the upcoming race weekend. Ahead of the Press Conferences – both Pedrosa’s and the traditional Thursday affair, there was also an extra activity for some as Tom Lüthi (EG 0,0 Marc VDS), Marcel Schrötter (Dynavolt Intact GP), Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo), Dominique Aegerter (Kiefer Racing), Philipp Öttl (Südmetall Schedl GP Racing) and Jaume Masia (Bester Capital Dubai) swapped their racing gloves for pick-axes and hard hats to take a tour of the historic Oelsnitz / Erzgebirge coal mine, once an important economic cornerstone of Saxony. After the tour the riders also had some lunch and answered questions from the media.

Schrötter, Binder and Lüthi get their hands dirty
L-R: Masia, Aegerter, Lüthi, Öttl, Schrötter, Binder

L-R: Binder, Masia, Lüthi, Öttl, Schrötter and Aegerter
Lüthi, Masia and Aegerter strike a pose
The next to answer questions was then Pedrosa, whose Press Conference at 16:00 confirmed his retirement.

“Next year I won’t compete in the Championship, I’ll finish my career in MotoGP this season,” said the three-time World Champion. “It’s a decision I’ve thought about for a long time and it’s a hard decision because this is the sport I love but despite having good opportunities to keep racing, I feel like I don’t live racing with the same intensity as before and I now have different priorities in my life.

"I would like to express how fortunate I feel to have had this experience and these opportunities in my life, it’s been an amazing life to have been racing for such an important team and in front of all the fans. I achieved way more than I expected and I’m very, very proud of what I’ve done in the sport. I’ve fulfilled my dream of becoming a racer and that’s something that I didn’t expect when I was a kid watching TV, watching riders in t


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