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Published: Wednesday July 9, 2014 MYT 5:12:48 PM
Updated: Wednesday July 9, 2014 MYT 5:13:36 PM

Pedrosa staying at Honda to end of 2016

Honda MotoGP rider Dani Pedrosa of Spain takes a curve during the Dutch Grand Prix in Assen June 28, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Vreeker/United Photos

Honda MotoGP rider Dani Pedrosa of Spain takes a curve during the Dutch Grand Prix in Assen June 28, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Vreeker/United Photos

(Reuters) - Spanish MotoGP rider Dani Pedrosa has extended his contract with the works Repsol Honda team to the end of 2016, the Japanese manufacturer said on Wednesday.

Pedrosa, team mate to world champion Marc Marquez, is currently third in the championship and level on points with Yamaha's Valentino Rossi.

The Spaniard has been with Honda since his debut in grand prix racing in 2001, winning the 125cc title in 2003 and 250cc crown in 2004 and 2005.

He made his MotoGP debut in 2006 and has been runner up in the championship three times.

Pedrosa thanked Honda for their trust in him: "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," he said.

Marquez, the youngest ever MotoGP champion at 21, extended his contract for a further two years in May.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin; Editing by John O'Brien)

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