Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service
Spaniard wraps up final race of 2017 in Valencia to finish fourth overall.
The Spaniard has had to take a back seat to Repsol Honda team-mate Marquez this season with his garage buddy clinching his fourth world title from Andrea Dovizioso thanks to his podium in the final race.
His only other win this year was earlier in the season at the Spanish Grand Prix with seven further podiums leaving him behind the two out front, fellow Spaniard Maverick Vinales and Italian legend Valentino Rossi.
His classy ride on Sunday combined with Rossi’s fifth place, though, means Pedrosa finishes fourth overall with 210 points compared to the Yamaha rider’s 208.
It will give the 32-year-old a big boost heading into 2018 as he joins Marquez for yet another season riding the consistently impressive Repsol Honda bike.
The Sabadell native said, “Today was a great day because the feeling was great to be back with a victory and this is important for my team, my fans, my family and my friends.
“For the last laps I tried to go in the same pace, because I understood that when you tried harder today the front was giving up and many crashes were happening also.
“We struggled a lot of times during the year. We had good practices to be in the podium and be close to victory sometimes, but Marc and Dovizioso had a better advantage overall.”
Valencia Grand Prix result
1. Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda)
2. Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)
3. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda)
4. Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar)
5. Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP)
2017 overall rider standings (18th of 18 races)
1. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) 298
2. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) 261
3. Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) 230
4. Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) 210
5. Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) 208