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Repsol Honda have today confirmed that Dani Pedrosa has signed a new two-year contract that will keep him at the team until the end of the 2016 season.
The Spaniard has been with the team since he joined the championship back in 2006, when he won the Rookie Of The Year award.
Since then 28- year-old has finished as the runner-up in the championship on three occasions but has never been able to win the title.
Pedrosa currently sits third in this the rider’s championship, level on points with Valentino Rossi. However, the pair are 72 points behind championship leader, Marc Marquez.
The decision to give Pedrosa a new contract will surprise a few people when you look at his performances this season. Pedrosa has suffered from many serious injuries in his career and this has really cost him.
Had he not broke his collarbone last season he may well have finally won the title but it just was not to be once again.
One of the problems with Pedrosa for many is that he just does not put up enough of a fight once he is overtaken. There is just no belief that Pedrosa will win the race once he loses the lead.
For me though it is clear to see why Honda have extended his contract and that is to help protect their new superstar, Marquez.
They know that Pedrosa is always going to be there, or there a bouts at the front of the field. This therefore means that Marquez’s rivals may lose more points thanks to Pedrosa.
Don’t get me wrong, Pedrosa is a good rider and will go down in history as one of the best. But at the same time he will also be known as the one that could never quite win the big one.
The future of the sport belongs to Marquez and I can’t help feel that this news confirms Honda’s commitment to the 2013 world champion.