Honda has announced that both Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso have re-signed for the factory Honda MotoGP team, but not with two-year deals as had been previously indicated.
HRC president Tetsuo Suzuki announced at Brno in mid-August that “we have come to a basic agreement with our riders Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso for the next two years.”
However, the announcement at Misano on Sunday states that Pedrosa has signed only a one-year extension, while Dovizioso has signed for 2010 with options to extend for 2011.
“We are very pleased that both Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso have re-signed for the factory Honda team and we have total confidence that these two riders possess the talent to help us fight for the MotoGP World Championship,” said Suzuki.
“They both have long and successful careers with Honda in grand prix racing and we are happy this partnership will continue. Although we have struggled this season, we will continue the challenge until the very last grand prix.
“Since this year is the 50th anniversary of the start of Honda's participation in the World Championships, we must remind ourselves once again that Honda has been striving to compete at the top level in the world since the day of its founding.
“As HRC we will, of course, reinforce the development of our machine, and together with every team member, we will continue to fight with Honda's challenging spirit in our hearts.”
Pedrosa has been a Honda rider since his debut in the 125cc class in 2001. The Spaniard won the 125cc championship in 2003 and then the 250cc title in 2004 and 2005.
A double race winner in his first 2006 MotoGP season, Pedrosa was then the only Honda rider to win races during the first two seasons of 800cc racing - in 2007 and 2008. Pedrosa has won a total of seven MotoGP races, most recently at the US Grand Prix, with a best premier-class ranking of second in the 2007 championship.