LCR Honda has announced (for the second time) that Stefan Bradl will remain with the team for the 2014 MotoGP season.

The 23-year-old German, who took his first pole and MotoGP podium last time out at Laguna Seca, will continue as a 'factory supported' Honda rider.

"HRC's support was extremely important for me in my first season in the premier class and, with their direct cooperation, I achieved my first podium in the top class this year," said Bradl.

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"I am happy to continue with Lucio's Team because we know each other very well now and we have built a professional and friendly atmosphere in the Team which allows me to be at 100% every race."

Former Moto2 champion Bradl has been at LCR since his rookie 2012 MotoGP season, signing a contract with HRC - announced as being until the end of 2014 - late last year.

However it subsequently emerged that the second year of that contract was not as definite as it appeared. Instead HRC is thought to have had an option on Bradl and, with the likes of Cal Crutchlow linked to the ride, the young German admitted his LCR seat was not certain, even after the recent US GP rostrum.

Those doubts have now been removed.

HRC Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto said: "HRC is happy to continue working with Stefan in the LCR team in 2014. He is showing the performance we expected and he is working very well with Lucio's team. We believe in them and we look forward to seeing Stefan on the podium again soon and many times in the future!"

"Being a part of HRC's program and continuing our sport project with Stefan through to 2014 make us very happy and very proud," added LCR team manager Lucio Cecchinello. "Stefan has amazed everybody at his debut in 2012 and is now showing his progress in the MotoGP class. His first MotoGP podium was a great result for him and for the whole Team so, from our side, we will do our best to support Stefan in 2014."

Bradl is currently sixth in the world championship heading into this weekend's Indianapolis round. He is one place and 32 points behind top satelitte team rider Crutchlow, who recently announced a move to Ducati for next year.

With Gresini's Alvaro Bautista understood to be contracted until the end of 2014, all of next year's RC213V seats are now decided.