Although his destination was never in serious doubt, the former 125 and double 250cc world champion is the last of the factory riders to sign - with the rumoured reason for his delay a desire to switch from Michelin to Bridgestone tyres next season.

While the final decision on the team's tyre supplier is still to be made, Dani put pen to paper shortly after dominating day one at Honda's home Japanese Grand Prix and the 2006 rookie of the year - the only RCV rider to win a race so far this season - will thus remain alongside Nicky Hayden next year.

"I am very happy to have signed with Honda for another two years. Both Honda and I considered that it was good to continue our relationship after so many successful years together," said Pedrosa, a Honda rider for his entire grand prix career. "We want to stay together to achieve the targets we had set ourselves before. Although this year things have not turned out to be quite as we wanted, Honda and I have the spirit to come back next year with renewed motivation and to be stronger than ever. So I would like to thank Honda for the confidence it has placed in me and I trust Honda will know how to give me all I need to be up front. I will do my very best to achieve our goals."

Pedrosa currently sits third in the MotoGP World Championship, 23 points behind Valentino Rossi.



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