Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has welcomed the news that Dani Pedrosa will remain as his Repsol Honda team-mate for at least the next two years.

Marquez rode alongside Pedrosa on his way to last year's historic rookie title and is undefeated after eight rounds of 2014, prompting Honda to wrap up a new two-year deal for Marquez back in May.

Pedrosa, joint second with Valentino Rossi heading into this weekend's German round, then completed his new two-year deal earlier this week.

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"I already said that with Dani we have a very great team and I'm really happy [he's staying]," said Marquez. "I think it's important because HRC always have two strong riders for the team.

"Dani is a really strong rider and also very sensitive for the new parts that arrive for the bike. So it is important for everybody."

Pedrosa has been a Repsol Honda rider since his premier-class debut in 2006 and has won more post-2002 'MotoGP' class races for Honda than any other rider.

While Pedrosa is still seeking to add to his 125 and 250cc titles, Marquez is his third team-mate to win the MotoGP crown after Nicky Hayden (2006) and Casey Stoner (2011).

"When Marc joined the team it was good also because Casey left, a highly talented rider, then Marc came in. Another great talent. Keeping the team up with two riders is important," said Pedrosa.

Relations between Marquez and Pedrosa reached a low at Aragon last year when the rookie brushed against the rear of Pedrosa's RCV, severing a traction control sensor. The resulting accident all but ended Pedrosa's title hopes.

"Our relationship has always been nice," insisted Pedrosa. "Obviously we have to race each other and try to beat each other, but off track the relationship is nice."

Pedrosa added that he has never worried about his team-mate when deciding on the future.

"The principal is simple, I always look to myself and of course you have a team-mate, which can be one or another," he said. "What I try to do in my racing career and my goal is always to try and be at the highest point so there is no difference. Only go out and push yourself to the limit, try to improve everything you can and be there every Sunday putting out the best performance."

2014 is the first year that manager and mentor Alberto Puig has not been by Pedrosa's side, but the 28-year-old played down the significance. "The team works the same. I take a little more decisions and responsibility on my own. That's all," he said.