After 18 years together across three classes in the MotoGP World Championship, Honda Racing Corporation and Dani Pedrosa announced an end to their longstanding partnership at the end of the 2018 season, by mutual agreement.
The news comes amid a Sky Sport Italia report that Jorge Lorenzo — who denied talk of retirement last week and hinted at a future deal — has signed a two-year contract with Repsol Honda to partner Marc Marquez, giving the outfit a combined 11 world championships between the two.
Since joining the Repsol Honda team in 2006, Pedrosa has earned 31 victories and is a three-time runner-up in the MotoGP Championship.
“I want to thank HRC for all these years of great success,” Pedrosa said in a statement. “I have grown not only as a rider but also as a person with them. I will always have HRC in my memories and in my heart. In life we all need new challenges and I feel it’s time for a change.”
Said HRC president Yoshishige Nomura: “Today is a sad day for me. On behalf of HRC, I want to thank Dani for all his hard and successful work, and to express our gratitude for these two decades together. We also wish him the very best of luck and success.”