Pedrosa handed race bikes at Honda Thanks Day farewell

Extra luggage needed for Dani Pedrosa on the flight back from Japan...
Pedrosa handed race bikes at Honda Thanks Day farewell

Dani Pedrosa was presented with two of his former grand prix bikes during a farewell appearance at the Honda Thanks Day.

The Spaniard spent his entire grand prix career with Honda - starting in the 125cc class in 2001, followed by two seasons in 250 and then 13 years at the factory Repsol team in MotoGP, culminating in his final race at Valencia last month.

Pedrosa and Honda claimed 54 race victories together, 31 in the premier-class, whilst winning the 125cc crown in 2003, then 250cc title in 2004 and 2005.

At the end of this year's Honda Thanks Day, Pedrosa was given both an RCV MotoGP machine (thought to be a 2006 model) and RS250RW two-stroke by HRC Director Tetsuhiro Kuwata and Honda President Takahiro Hachigo.

Pedrosa, due to make his debut as a KTM MotoGP test rider in just over a week, was the only Repsol Honda MotoGP rider at the Thanks Day due to shoulder surgery for team-mate and reigning champion Marc Marquez.