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Pedrosa and Honda extend relationship to further two seasons

Pedrosa and Honda extend relationship to further two seasons

Dani Pedrosa will continue as a Repsol Honda rider for the next two seasons, after finally signing a new agreement announced today at Honda's home circuit of Motegi.

Dani Pedrosa will continue as a Repsol Honda rider for the next two seasons, after finally signing a new agreement announced today at Honda's home circuit of Motegi.

Joining reigning MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden in the Honda factory team for a third year, Pedrosa continues his relationship with the manufacturer for whom he has ridden since the start of his career, and with whom he won one 125cc and two 250cc World Titles in four years.

Pedrosa's signing comes comparatively late in the season, although the likelihood of his leaving Honda always seemed far-fetched. All other factory rides had already been confirmed when Anthony West became the last piece of the Kawasaki jigsaw, and the only other ride 2006 Rookie of the Year Pedrosa had been linked to was in Luis d'Antin's satellite Ducati outfit.

Few riders have left the hugely successful Honda Factory team and gone on to better things, and Pedrosa explained that there still remained a lot of challenges to which he aspires with his current employers.

"I am very happy to have signed with Honda for another two years. Both Honda and I considered that it was good to continue our relationship after so many successful years together," said the 21 year-old, who topped the timesheets today onboard the RC212V at Motegi.

"We want to stay together to achieve the targets we had set ourselves before. Although this year things have not turned out to be quite as we wanted, Honda and I have the spirit to come back next year with renewed motivation and to be stronger than ever," he added. "I would like to thank Honda for the confidence it has placed in me and I trust they know how to give me all I need to be up front."

Masumi Hamane, HRC President, also hailed the agreement, saying: "Honda and HRC are very pleased to have signed Dani for another two years. Dani's talent is beyond question and we are looking forward to his success in the future. This is the first year of the 800cc MotoGP era and Honda have been struggling a lot. Although of course we have not given up on this year's campaign, we have already made plans for next year," said Hamane.

"We have many objectives, such as to improve the machines and improve communication, and we will go forward together with the same fighting spirit. With Dani and Nicky Hayden once again riding together we have retained an extremely strong rider line-up which gives us valuable continuity for next year."

Alongside video footage from the Honda press conference, motogp.com also offers a video highlight of Pedrosa's long association with the Japanese factory.

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MotoGP, 2007, A-STYLE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Dani Pedrosa

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