MotoGP rider Marc Marquez (second left) and Dani Pedrosa (second right) with executive vice president director of Astra Honda Motor, Johannes Loman (right) as well as marketing director of the company, Margono Tanuwijaya (left) pose during the launch of the All New Honda CBR150R at the Sentul Circuit, Bogor, West Java, on Sunday (14/02). To simulate the thrill of racing, the All New Honda CBR150R is equipped with various racing features. (Antara Photo/Yudhi Mahatma)

Honda Extend Pedrosa's Contract to End of 2018


MAY 17, 2016

Spanish MotoGP rider Dani Pedrosa will stay at Honda until the end of the 2018 season, the Japanese manufacturer said on Monday (16/05).

The 30-year-old, whose team mate is double world champion and compatriot Marc Marquez, will be starting his 250th grand prix in Italy this weekend.

Pedrosa has been with Honda all his career, winning the former 125cc and 250cc world championships that are now Moto3 and Moto2 respectively, before making his MotoGP debut in 2006.

"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," said the Spaniard.

Pedrosa had been linked to Yamaha, whose reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo is moving to Ducati at the end of the season. But Spanish media have reported that Yamaha have signed his compatriot Maverick Vinales from Suzuki.

An announcement is expected later in the week.