MotoGP star Dani Pedrosa was arrested on Saturday, March 31 for allegedly cheating on a yachtsman licensing test in Valencia, Spain, according to Spanish newspaper reports.
Pedrosa was arrested and released, according to the reports. Pedrosa was allegedly involved in a plot that involved test takers from a Valencia sailing school wearing ear-pieces and being told the correct answers to the test after paying between 2000 and 2500 Euros (roughly $2600 to $3300).
“I want to publicly apologize to my fans and all those who trust me,” Pedrosa said. “Now I want to look ahead. I’m a motorcycle rider, this weekend starts the World Championship, and I want to focus solely and exclusively on Sunday’s race. From this error I have taken a lesson and wish to leave behind this issue right now and focus on a season that I face with a high motivation and enthusiasm.”
The tests took place at the Polytechnic University of Valencia with Civil Guard officers watching from a nearby classroom while Pedrosa and other students took the test. In total, 21 people were arrested.