Dani got into motorbikes in much the same way most people begin on bicycles. He was just four when he got his first 50cc motorbike, which came complete with stabilisers.
When he was nine Dani entered the Spanish Minibike Championship and, before long, he was competing in the MotoGP World Championship. Dani's talent came to the fore in GP and he won the 125cc title in only his third season. A move up to the 250cc class was immediately successful and he won back-to-back titles before debuting in the MotoGP class in 2006.
His rookie season with Repsol Honda was impressive to say the least, as Dani finished second in his very first race. His status as a title contender was quickly established, and the following season Dani finished runner-up in the Championship. After eight seasons though a premier class crown still eludes the Spaniard, as a mixture of bad luck and injuries have played a large part in his fortunes.
2012 was Dani's best season to date – he won seven races, the most of any rider including eventual World Champion Jorge Lorenzo. In 2013, Dani managed to win three races and podium 13 times, before eventually finishing third overall in the championship, while 2014 saw him drop to fourth in the final standings.
A reshuffle in his Repsol Honda garage, with a new crew chief in 2015, gave Dani fresh hope for the new season but surgery on his arm early in the campaign put paid to any hopes of a title charge. When fully fit for the latter half of the season Dani's form was top, as proven by two wins in the final four races.
He'll aim to carry that kind of winning streak into the start of 2016, when he'll again be considered one of the top challengers for the MotoGP title.Read more