Dani Pedrosa Issues Public Apology After Arrest: "I Made a Mistake"

Dani Pedrosa has issued a formal apology to his fans over his arrest for attempting to cheat during an exam for his yachtmaster certification. In a written statement from his lawyers and disseminated to the Spanish media, Pedrosa stated that he had "taken some bad advice and made a mistake."

"You can either ignore or learn from mistakes," Pedrosa's statement read, "and I have learned from this one. I would like to publicly apologize to my followers and all those who have shown faith in me." Pedrosa's statement went on to say that he hoped to put the situation behind him, and focus entirely on the first race of the season at Qatar. He repeated that he had learned his lesson from the situation, and now wanted to look forward to the future, and concentrate on the upcoming season.

A spokesperson for HRC described the issue as "a personal issue" and reiterated that everybody makes mistakes. Pedrosa will fly from his home in Switzerland to Qatar, to participate in the first race of the season at Qatar, which takes place on Sunday, April 8th.

Dani Pedrosa has issued a formal apology to his fans over his arrest for attempting to cheat during an exam for his yachtmaster certification. In a written statement from his lawyers and disseminated to the Spanish media, Pedrosa stated that he had "taken some bad advice and made a mistake."

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I know...

... the 2 happiest days for any boat (yacht) owner are the day they buy it & the day they sell it. I'll go out on a limb and say this was the worst day for Dani!

Total votes: 20

Dani was keeping that seat warm for Marquez already

None of this matters if he wins this year. If not then he's even more of a lame duck until Marquez gets his GP ride. That's 2 years away because of the factory team rule. As for cheating on the exam, it was dumb but if he produces on the track all will be forgiven.

Total votes: 21

CharacterMatters

Whether or not someone advised him it was O.K. to cheat on an exam or not he still decided to cheat. Most people learn this is grade school, if not from their parents or guardians. Cheating for a yachting test? Did he not know to extend the little finger when sipping cocktails? Red-right-returning is too hard to remember? Perhaps you mean his character will not effect how he rides a motorcycle? I disagree, character matters - it is what defines you.

I have little doubt that if Stoner stays healthy Dani and Mr. Puig will not win the World Championship. Character matters, even in moto matters.

Total votes: 38

I agree 100%

100% in agreement with you regarding character and I do not condone these actions, especially considering I have a Yachtmaster Ocean certification. It was a lot of work, time, dedication and studying and I can tell you that its not as easy as Red, Right, Returning and sipping cocktails properly. That information is covered in the Thurston Howell III elective class ;).

Its actually a very difficult and depending on your test level, time consuming process. Its not show up, sit for a test, pass and go. This is one of the requirements I had to meet to even be allowed to take the Ocean certification test: " A minimum non-stop distance of 600 nautical miles must have been run, the yacht must have been at sea continuously for 96 hours, and the yacht must have been more than 50 nautical miles from land while sailing a distance of at least 200 nautical miles."

There are 2 certification levels below Ocean, but even those are not "easy." I dont know or care which level Pedro was taking. Its unacceptable to cheat on any tests, but particularly these yachting tests because you will, at some point, be accountable for actual PEOPLE out on the sea. And in an emergency, it is your job as the Captain to maintain order and delegate responsibility in those times.

Not to sound snobbish, but there is a VERY big difference between "yachting" and "pleasure boating."

Total votes: 33

VERY big difference between "yachting" and "pleasure boating."

Factory prototypes are yachts? CRT bikes are pleasure boats?

Total votes: 30

I would gladly take the

I would gladly take the challenge of spending other people's money to find out if your assertion is correct. Fair winds and following seas -Captain Nozzle.

Total votes: 28

Start with

I recommend starting with the Thurston Howell III class. You will learn how to make a proper martini (Its made with Gin, not Vodka, just saying), the proper pronunciation of the the name "Muffy Dearest," and how to get Gilligan and the Skipper to do everything for you.

Total votes: 28

You're kidding me......right?

You're kidding me......right? That this even is news is BEYOND ME!! Thank god the race season is upon us!! F'n yachting........jeez.......

Total votes: 25

That's hilarious!

Why would you risk so much for so little?

You only get one chance at a reputation... Poor little fella, but should we consider 'standing on a box' to see over the steering wheel thingy, cheating?

I just wouldn't have thought it possible from Danni....

Dumb as... sometimes, these bike riders.

Total votes: 29

CHEATS

Nozzle and DK have said it most eloquently.

Total votes: 24

I thought the exam should

I thought the exam should have been plain sailing for Dani. Maybe the quartermaster didn't like the cut of his jib ? He's not-quite washed up as a GP rider yet, he'd keel for a few wins this season.

Oh well... it's an ill wind.

Total votes: 22

that…

was just tacky ;)

Total votes: 24

Webbed feet

Obviously Dani's been making efforts to improve his wet weather performance. I'm not sure he's on the right tack here though.

Total votes: 25

Wow...

Rich people problems lol

Total votes: 25

President of Pedrosa Fan Club

Oh man, his fans should totally all wear sailor's hats at Qatar.

Total votes: 24

Sailor hats and red shirts.

Sailor hats and red shirts. I'm sure Alberto's 'Little Buddy' will appreciate the fans' support! :)

Total votes: 25

Expertise Required

How would Dani feel if someone who wasn't qualified was accepted onto the MotoGP grid?

There are skills required for handling boats and skills required for handling bikes, just because he can ride a MotoGP Honda does not mean he is capable of taking a Sunseeker around the Med!

Total votes: 22

No integrity

With all the money Pedrosa makes, why even take the test? He could hire somebody qualified to captain his boat (if he has one) for less than the amount of money he could end up losing after this whole fiasco gets investigated.

Total votes: 23

Advice?

"Pedrosa stated that he had "taken some bad advice and made a mistake."

PUIG !!!

Total votes: 25

Check the 'MotoGP' > 'Qatar -

Check the 'MotoGP' > 'Qatar - off track' forum thread for a hilarious shot of Dani and Alberto. :)

Total votes: 26

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