Ex-MotoGP rider Dani Pedrosa will make his racing debut in 2022

Pedrosa ended his storied MotoGP career at the end of the 2018 season, having made his premier class debut in 2006.

A Honda rider throughout his grand prix career, winning a 125cc title and two 250cc titles from 2003 to 2005, Pedrosa was a three-time MotoGP runner-up and won 31 races in the top category.

After retiring, Pedrosa took on the role of official KTM test rider, which he continues to do today.

But the Spaniard will branch out in 2022 to contest a three-round campaign in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe in a third car entered by FFF Racing.

Pedrosa will share the team’s Huracan Super Trofeo EVO2 with experienced sports car driver Antonin Borga at Imola, Misano and the Algarve International Circuit.

“I am very happy to start this new adventure with Lamborghini and the FFF Racing Team,” said Pedrosa.

“It’s my first experience on four wheels and, although I still have a lot to learn, I’m very excited.

“I can’t wait to learn all the tricks of the trade and start at my best.

“The hope is obviously to have fun!”

Pedrosa had a one-off MotoGP outing as a wildcard for KTM at the Styrian Grand Prix last year, in which he finished 10th after being involved in a fiery crash with Aprilia’s Lorenzo Savadori that sparked a red flag.

Pedrosa also tested a 2012-spec Red Bull Formula 1 car in Austria in 2018 alongside MotoGP teammate Marc Marquez. Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo also have experience with F1 machines.

FFF Racing team boss Giorgio Ferro added that Pedrosa will be assisted by former Formula 1 driver Vitantonio Liuzzi as driver coach.

“We are very happy that Dani has decided to start his new career on four wheels with our team and with Lamborghini,” said Ferro.

“His professional and competitive approach will surely allow him to face this new challenge in the best possible way, supported by the expert Antonin and assisted by the advice of Vitantonio Liuzzi as a coach.

“It will be great to share, with our partners, this new chapter of his sporting life.

“We welcome Dani and Antonin to the Orange1 FFF Racing family, confident that we will experience an incredible season together.”

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Pedrosa’s debut in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo coincides with former MotoGP rival Valentino Rossi’s first GT World Challenge Europe race at Imola.

Rossi, a nine-time motorcycle Grand Prix world champion, will compete full-time in GTWCE with Audi and WRT, as he embarks on his long-awaited motor racing career following the end of his stellar tenure in MotoGP at the end of 2021.

Pedrosa joins a list of other MotoGP rivals to have GT racing outings, with ex-Honda team-mate Andrea Dovizioso taking part in the Lamborghini Trofeo World Final at Valencia in 2016 – winning the second race of the event in the Pro-Am class.

Dovizioso also contested the 2019 DTM round at Misano with WRT, finishing 12th and 15th in both races.

Lorenzo also drove a Kessell Racing-run Ferrari in the Gulf 12 Hours at Abu Dhabi in 2016, with Rossi a regular at the event before his switch to GT racing this year.

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