Friday, August 14, 2009
Pedrosa and Dovizoso Re-Up with Repsol.
Honda management announced today that current factory riders Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso have been signed to new 2-year contracts. It had been widely supposed that any contract offered would be 1 year in length, giving Gresini Honda newcomer Marco Simoncelli a shot at a factory seat in 2011. In the killing two birds with one stone department, HRC President Tetsuo Suzuki also revealed that Honda had been in discussions with Jorge Lorenzo but could not arrive at an acceptable deal. This revelation is a sneaky PR bomb by Honda, pretty much ending all remaining speculation about where Lorenzo will ride in 2010.