Motorcycle Racing News MotoGP: Honda Extends Pedrosa Contract

MotoGP: Honda Extends Pedrosa Contract

2011 MotoGP Championship

Dani Pedrosa has extended his deal with Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) for the 2011 and 2012 MotoGP seasons, it was announced by Honda on Wednesday.

Pedrosa has been competing on a Honda since 2001 in the world championship across all classes, and currently has three titles with the Japanese manufacturer ( (1) 125cc, (2) 250cc), 35 grand prix victories across all classed, and 12 MotoGP wins, including four this season.

Dani Pedrosa says: "I’m really happy to be signing with Honda again. This has been the team of my dreams since I was a kid and that’s still the same feeling I have now. We’ve had a long and successful relationship already and we believe together we can have even more success in the future."

"Over many years we have built up a very strong relationship and have enjoyed the successes and faced the difficulties together. We are at a good moment now and we must try to continue in this way. Our goal of course is to fight for victories every weekend and win the MotoGP World Championship. I believe we have what it takes to do both of those things."

The upward trend of positive results from Pedrosa, including the last two wins at Misano and Indy, show that both the 24-year-old Spaniard and the RC212V are evolving. HRC says these results also show that Pedrosa and the RC212V are determined to grow "even stronger in the next two seasons."

Tetsuo Suzuki (HRC President) says: "We are very pleased that Dani Pedrosa has re-signed to be a factory Honda rider, thus extending his longstanding and successful partnership with HRC. Dani is clearly at the peak of his powers and has gelled with the RC212V to create a formidable combination. We believe his relationship with the machine and the team will continue to grow and that he will mount an extremely strong challenge for the MotoGP World title over the next two seasons."

Joining Pedrosa next year on the HRC team will be current Ducati Team rider Casey Stoner, who signed a two-year contract with Honda beginning in 2011. Stoner’s seat at Ducati will be filled by current Fiat Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi.

As for Pedrosa’s current teammate, Andrea Dovizioso, no official reports have been released about who the Italian will be riding with in 2011.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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