MotoGP »

Pedrosa: No new contract yet.

Dani Pedrosa has denied that he has signed a new MotoGP contract with Honda, but did reveal that he will try a modified chassis during this weekend's Grand Prix of Catalunya.

The Spaniard has been a factory Repsol Honda rider ever since his 2006 MotoGP debut and is the only Honda rider to win a race since the switch to 800cc engines.

Pedrosa has won two races a year since joining the premier class with a best championship ranking of second, a distant 125 points behind Casey Stoner, in 2007.

But the 125 and double 250cc world champion is yet to mount a sustained title attack and has appeared increasingly frustrated at the lack of progress with Honda's RC212V project.

Rumours had also circulated that Repsol might try to sign fellow Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo to replace Pedrosa, but those looked to have died down and Pedrosa remaining at Repsol Honda seems the most likely scenario.

Nevertheless, pressed on whether rumours that he had signed a new contract with Honda for 2010 were true Pedrosa responded: "We have not even had that conversation yet."

Pedrosa, who will ride with the aid of pain-killing injections this weekend after cracking his thigh last time out at Mugello, did confirm that he will try a modified chassis in Catalunya, as Honda fights to adapt the RC212V to the new single-tyre rule.

“We have something which, if the conditions are good, we will try straight away this weekend,” he said. “It is a modified frame to improve the stability under braking. That is the main target and we will check how it works. If I can handle the pain then I will also take part in the test on Monday.”

Pedrosa will start round six of the 2009 world championship in fourth position, 33 points behind Stoner.


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Pedrosa, Catalunya MotoGP 2009
Pedrosa, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Pedrosa, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Pedrosa, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Pedrosa, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Pedrosa, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Pedrosa, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Marquez, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Pedrosa, Valencia MotoGP race 2016
Pedrosa, Valencia MotoGP race 2016
Dovizioso, Pedrosa Valencia MotoGP race 2016
Pedrosa, Valencia MotoGP race 2016
Dovizioso, Pedrosa Valencia MotoGP race 2016
Rossi, Marquez, Dovizioso, Pedrosa Valencia MotoGP race 2016
Pedrosa, Valencia MotoGP race 2016
Pedrosa, Dovizioso Valencia MotoGP 2016
Pedrosa, Valencia MotoGP 2016
Pedrosa, Valencia MotoGP 2016

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Jodas - Unregistered

June 12, 2009 3:48 AM

If you look at the record books, it is Burgess that was the secret to Honda's success. He has been key to 10 of Honda's 14 WC in the Premier class. He was responsible for Freddie Spencer's 500 Honda when Spencer won both the 500 and 250 WC in 1985. He was responsible for Wayne Gardner's 500 WC in 1987, and of course, he was there for ALL of Doohan's 5 WCs. The only Honda WCs won without Burgess were - Spencer 1983, Eddie Lawson 1989, Alex Criville 1999, and Hayden 2006. Therefore, Honda was winning WCs "way" before Rossi, but not Burgess...

keech998 - Unregistered

June 11, 2009 11:03 PM

As good a rider as dani, i just don't think he'll ever be Moto GP Champion. He was awsome in the smaller classes, and whilst he might be able to get the highest top speed (due to his weight), until Moto GP gets a maximum rider/bike weight, we wont see the best of him. A great rider he is, but not when he's injured. His manager (the t@@t that he is) needs to remeber that. Of course he won't as he's a kn@b



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.