Pedrosa Negotiates Contract Renewal with Honda
According to Pedrosa himself, via an interview with Italian motorcycle magazine Autosprint, getting fully fit and negotiating a contract renewal with Honda are top priorities for the remainder of the 2009 season. And, from those two, getting better is clearly the highest aim for the 23-year old Spaniard.
Having suffered plenty of complications to his previous hand and knee injuries – due to several crashes in the first part of the season – Pedrosa's win at Mazda Raceway without being 100% fit for racing may very well be regarded as a superhuman effort from the former 250cc champion. And that's the best place to start a recovery, reckoned Pedrosa.
“I have yet to heal fully, even though I'm improving. So I've decided that I must not look too closely at the championship table. I prefer to go race-by-race, then we'll see. The truth is that I don't have much of a choice: I've already lost a lot compared to the points leaders,” admitted the Spaniard.
In the wake of several rumors linking Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo with a potential move to Honda next year, Pedrosa revealed he is currently negotiating his staying with the Spanish team for another few season. Both his and Lorenzo's deals expire at the end of the ongoing season, and a switch would not be out of the question. However, seeing Pedrosa alongside Rossi at Yamaha seems as unlikely as the former winning the MotoGP title this year.
"I'm in the contract renewal phase, but what counts for my future is for me to find again my optimal physical condition, and therefore being able to get back to ride and race the way I think I'm able to," added the Spaniard.
Pedrosa is currently 4th overall in the riders' classification, 59 points behind leader Valentino Rossi and 43 points to 3rd placed and title contender Casey Stoner.