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GP Week : Issue 206
MOTOGP >>> nEWs daNI TO STay aT hONda Dani Pedrosa is staying where he is for the next two seasons. The spaniard will stay with the Repsol Honda MotoGP team after signing a new two-year deal, that will keep him alongside Marc Marquez for 2015 and ‘16. “I’m very happy to be able to announce my renewal with the Repsol Honda Team,” he said in a statement, “and grateful to Honda for the trust they have shown in me for for a further two years. It’s the best way for me to continue in my racing career, together with the company I was with in my very first race. I am very excited to give my 100 percent and continue to work together with everyone at Honda Racing Corporation.” HRC executive Vice President shuhei Nakamoto welcomed the deal. “We are very pleased to renew our contract with Dani,” he said. “He is enjoying a very strong season and is currently tied with Rossi in the Championship, we are very happy with his performance. The partnership of Dani and Marc has proven to be successful and we look forward to another two years of success.” Pedrosa moved up to MotoGP with the HRC team in 2006 after winning a World title on 125s in 2003 and two on 250s in ‘04 and ‘05. He has won 25 MotoGPs in 142 starts. Honda has already started testing its 2015 model RC213V MotoGP racer. Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa completed 20 and 16 laps, respectively, on the bike last week and, in spite of a small tumble off his ‘14 bike for the World Champion, both declared that they are happy with the new machine. “Obviously there are positive things and not-so-positive things, but the first impression is satisfactory,” said Marquez. “We put in similar times with the new bike to what we did with the current model, so we are happy”. “The track still didn’t have too much grip, but we were able to put more kilometres under our belts and get a first impression of the new bike,” said Pedrosa. “The new machine is still in its infancy, but we have some good ideas for when we next get a chance to test it at the end of the year”. aNd ThE TEam STaRTS EaRLy fOR 2015 16 GPWEEK.com // 16 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: