Pedrosa confirms Honda deal

Dani Pedrosa has confirmed that he has signed a two-year deal which will keep him at the Honda MotoGP outfit until the end of 2018.

This after speculation that he would be leaving to replace Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team rider Jorge Lorenzo, who has joined Ducati for the 2017 MotoGP season.

The Spanish rider’s teammate Marc Marquez is also expected to sign a new Honda deal soon.

In an interview, Pedrosa said he was grateful that Honda had shown faith in him by renewing his contract.

“I’m very happy to be able to announce my renewal with the Repsol Honda Team,” said Pedrosa. “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 per cent this weekend at the Italian GP,” he said.

The 30-year-old has spent his entire racing career at Honda and has achieved 142 podiums with 51 victories and finished MotoGP title runner-up three times.