The second portion of the MotoGP silly season has come to a close with Honda’s announcement this morning that Dani Pedrosa has inked a two-year deal to remain as Marc Marquez’s teammate on the Repsol Honda squad. Thus the Repsol Honda team will remain as is to the end of the 2016 season.
With Valentino Rossi having re-upped with Yamaha two weeks ago, three of the top four factory rides are spoken for. With Pedrosa re-signing with Honda, Jorge Lorenzo’s options have got much smaller and it’s likely that he’ll end up returning with the Movistar Yamaha team.
Pedrosa is currently tied for second in the 2014 MotoGP World Championship with Rossi as the season reaches its halfway point. With his contract in hand, Pedrosa will continue with the team he has been with throughout his Grand Prix career. The Spaniard won three World Championships (one in 125cc and the other two in 250cc) before making his MotoGP debut in 2006 with the Repsol Honda team. He has finished second in the premiere class championship three times, but has yet to earn the title.
"I'm very happy to be able to announce my renewal with the Repsol Honda Team, and grateful to Honda for the trust they have shown in me for a further two years,” Pedrosa said. “It’s the best way for me to continue in my racing career, together with the company I was with in my very first race. I am very excited to give my 100 percent and continue to work together with everyone at Honda Racing Corporation."
Prior to signing his new deal, Pedrosa was one of several riders in discussion with Suzuki about joining its MotoGP team when the company returns to the series next year.
The other team with question marks is Ducati as both its riders, Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso, have yet to make decisions on next year and both have had discussions with Suzuki.