Remarkable news from Brno. Just hours after Tetsuo Suzuki announced that HRC had reached a basic agreement with Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso, Pedrosa's manager, Alberto Puig, is denying that anything has been signed. The Spanish former racer, who has mentored Pedrosa for years, told the Spanish TVE television that Pedrosa in reality, nothing had changed, and that Pedrosa had not yet signed a contract.
According to reports by GPOne.com, Puig told TVE's Marc Martin that Pedrosa and Honda had reached agreement on the basics of the contract, but were still discussing a few minor details. This may explain why neither rider was present at the HRC boss' press conference this morning, as is usual when contract signings are officially announced. There can be little doubt that Pedrosa and Dovizioso will eventually sign an official contract with the Repsol Honda squad, but it seems that agreement and contractually binding documents are two entirely different things.