With the announcement by Honda today (see press release below) that it has renewed its relationship with MotoGP rider Dani Pedrosa through the end of the 2016 season, Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo remains the sole, unsigned “Alien” in the MotoGP series. Pedrosa joins Marquez as teammate at the Factory Repsol Honda Team through the two-year extension.
Lorenzo’s Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi has likewise signed a two-year contract extension with Yamaha, but no word yet on Lorenzo’s future following the end of this year. Lorenzo was expected to be one of the hottest, if not the hottest, commodity during this year’s silly season, but he is in the midst of his poorest performance as a professional roadracer in quite some time.
Although his performance this year has surely reduced his negotiating power, there could still be interest from Yamaha rivals, such as Ducati, in his future services. We will have to wait and see where Lorenzo will end up next year.
Here is the press release from Honda regarding Pedrosa:
Honda Racing Corporation Renews Contract with Dani Pedrosa until End of 2016
TOKYO, Japan, July 9, 2014 – Honda Racing Corporation is pleased to announce an agreement has been reached with Dani Pedrosa that will see the Spanish rider remain in the factory Honda team for a further two years, until the end of
Dani, who currently lies third (level on points with second place Valentino Rossi) in the current FIM Road Racing World Championship season approaching the halfway point, will extend his contract with Honda, with whom he has raced since his debut in the World Championship in 2001. Dani, three-time World Champion (2003 in 125cc, 2004 and 2005 in 250cc) debuted in MotoGP in 2006 in the Repsol Honda Team, claiming the Rookie of the Year title and fifth position in the Championship. He has been both second second and third in the premier class on three occasions.
“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. 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% and continue to work together with everyone at Honda Racing Corporation”.
Shuhei Nakamoto, Executive Vice President of Honda Racing Corporation
“We are very pleased to renew our contract with Dani. He is enjoying a very strong season and is currently tied with Rossi in the Championship, we are very happy with his performance. The partnership of Dani and Marc has proven to be successful and we look forward to another two years of success”.
Dani Pedrosa’s World Championship Statistics:
Podiums: 90 (25 x 1st, 35 x 2nd, 30 x 3rd)
Fastest Race Laps: 40
Best World Championship positions: 2nd (2012, 2010, 2007), 3rd (2013, 2009, 2008)
Podiums: 24 (15 x 1st, 8 x 2nd, 1 x 3rd)
Fastest Race Laps: 15
World Champion: 2005, 2004
Podiums: 17 (8 x 1st, 4 x 2nd, 5 x 3rd)
Fastest Race Laps: 5
World Champion: 2003