Dani Pedrosa says the only reason why he is staying at the Honda team for another year is because there were not openings at Yamaha.
The Spaniard and teammate Andrea Dovizioso were confirmed at Repsol Honda for another year last weekend, but the Spanish rider made it clear HRC was not his preferred choice. Pedrosa also said next year will be the last season he stays with his current team if his bike is not competitive enough.
"Simply because there was no room at Yamaha, that would have been good," Pedrosa told Italia1 television about his decision to stick with Honda. "Besides, I've given Honda my faith for one more year to see if they can make the bike better.
"Otherwise, after one year without improvement, maybe it'll be over."
Yamaha has Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo under contract for next year, after the Spanish rider decided to extend his deal with the Japanese squad.
Seven-time champion Rossi, who has suggested he would like to ride for Ducati before retiring, said there are no doubts about his presence at Yamaha next year. But the Italian admitted things were open after that.
"Certainly not next year, because for 2010 I already have a signed contract with Yamaha," he said. "As for after 2010, obviously Yamaha will have to tell us what they want to do in the upcoming years, because we need to hear what their plans are for the future. We are ready for anything."