Honda Racing has announced a new deal with Spanish rider Dani Pedrosa for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. The two-year extension means Pedrosa will be with the Japanese team for seven consecutive seasons in MotoGP, having joined the category in 2006.
"I'm really happy to be signing with Honda again," said Pedrosa. "This has been the team of my dreams since I was a kid and that's still the same feeling I have now.
"We've had a long and successful relationship already and we believe together we can have even more success in the future. Over many years we have built up a very strong relationship and have enjoyed the successes and faced the difficulties together. We are at a good moment now and we must try to continue in this way.
"Our goal, of course, is to fight for victories every weekend and win the MotoGP World Championship. I believe we have what it takes to do both of those things."
The Spanish rider is currently second in the championship, having scored four victories this year.
"We are very pleased that Dani Pedrosa has re-signed to be a factory Honda rider, thus extending his longstanding and successful partnership with HRC," said team president Tetsuo Suzuk. "Dani is clearly at the peak of his powers and has gelled with the RC212V to create a formidable combination. We believe his relationship with the machine and the team will continue to grow and that he will mount an extremely strong challenge for the MotoGP World title over the next two seasons."
Honda has signed Casey Stoner for 2011, with Pedrosa's teammate Andrea Dovizioso's future yet to be confirmed.