His father gave him an Italjet 50 motocross at age 4.
He signed up to the Spanish Minimotos Championship in which he finished second. The following year, he was third but only 8 points behind the leader.
Spanish Minimotos Champion.
His parents sent an application to have a trial for the Movistar Junior Cup at the Jarama circuit. Dani had never been on that competition circuit before and the bike was so tall that his feet didn’t even touch the ground. Even so, Dani passed the selection trial and competed at the Movistar Activa cup finishing eighth.
Dani competed in the Spanish Championship with the Movistar Junior Team and finished fourth. The following year he would compete in the 125cc World Championship.
At just 15 years old, he became the youngest rider to compete in a world championship and was voted 'Rookie' of the season.
Dani’s First win in the World Championships, came at the Assen GP.
He became 125cc World Champion in Malaysia, with two races remaining, with a total of five wins and six podium finishes. Just six days later, he fractured his two ankles in a bad crash during testing at Phillip Island.
After a hard recovery, he got back on his bike and did it in the best possible way: winning his first race in South Africa in the 250cc category. 250cc World Champion.
He gained his second 250cc World Championship title at Phillip Island.
A jump to the premier class in the Repsol Honda Team. He was proclaimed 'Rookie' of the year thanks to his two victories and six podiums. He finished fifth in the standings.
He competed as one of the favorites to take the title of the premier category. He ended up being runner-up in MotoGP.
Dani reached the German Grand Prix leading the championship but a bad crash during the race meant he didn’t score and couldn’t compete for the next Grand Prix, greatly affecting his chances of becoming champion. He finished third place at the end of the season.
His best season in MotoGP. He took 7 victories including Brno in an exciting duel with Jorge Lorenzo, his first win in the rain at Sepang and dominated from a pitlane start at the Valencia GP.
He finished third in the World Championship despite unfortunate incidents that occurred throughout the season. He could not clinch the title, although he came very close.
Dani fought for second place in the championship but in Malaysia he crashed out and finally finished the season in fourth place.
He didn’t have the best start to the season, but he finished strong. He was forced to miss three consecutive races (Texas, Argentina and Jerez) after having decided to undergo surgery to try to eliminate the problems that he suffered in his right forearm and to remove a pain that had accompanied him for a long time and that didn’t allow him to ride to his true potential. He reached the final stretch of the season proving to be at a high level, gaining two wins and a third position in the last four races.
He did his best to overcome difficulties by working hard with his team to find a set-up that would give him enough confidence to make the most of his bike's potential. He took an impressive victory at the San Marino GP but fractured his collarbone in a bad crash in the Japanese GP free practice and couldn’t return until the last grand prix of the season. Dani finished sixth overall.