Dani Pedrosa is to leave Repsol Honda at the end of the 2018 MotoGP campaign, it has been announced.
Spaniard to depart after nearly 20 years with Honda
The Spaniard's impending departure will bring the curtain down on an 18-year association with the Honda Racing Corporation (HRC), with whom he has competed across three classes.
Pedrosa is a three-time runner-up in the MotoGP world championship, but currently languishes 12th in the standings after three retirements from six races this year.
"I feel it's time for a change," says Pedrosa
"I want to thank HRC for all these years of great success," he said in a release on the HRC website.
"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. Thanks, HRC."
HRC and Dani Pedrosa to end partnership... https://t.co/cjDAukUSkq— Repsol Honda Team (@HRC_MotoGP) 5 June 2018
"A sad day," admits Honda chief 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," added HRC president Yoshishige Nomura.
"We also wish him the very best of luck and success. Thanks, Dani."