MotoGP’s 2017 grid has began to take shape this morning as Dani Pedrosa has announced he is to stay with Honda for two more seasons, despite strong rumours he was to make a shock move to Yamaha.
The Spaniard began his MotoGP career with the Repsol Honda Team back in 2006 and even though he is yet to win a championship with the team, he has been a consistent podium finisher throughout the years as well as being plagued with injury.
Explaining he was happiest to stay with the team he has been with since his debut premier class race, it’s clear Pedrosa and Honda are a pairing which would be tough to break. He is currently sitting in fourth in the championship standings and when his new contract is up for renewal in 2018, it will stretch their relationship to 13 years.
Pedrosa explains his choice: “I’m very happy to be able to announce my renewal with the Repsol Honda Team. I’m very grateful to Honda for the trust they’ve shown in renewing with me for an additional two years. I think it’s best for me to continue with the company I was with at my very first race. I’m happy that the negotiations have been quick, and now I can just focus on racing. I want to give 100% this weekend at the Italian GP.”
Shuhei Nakamoto, the president of HRC is thrilled to continue with Pedrosa: “We’re very pleased to renew our contract with Dani, and we really appreciate his loyalty to Honda and HRC. We’ve been working together for many years, but we always see in Dani the same passion and dedication. His experience is very important for helping our technicians to develop our bike, and we’ll do our best to help him to demonstrate all his talent!”