Jonathan Rea will remain in the World Superbike Championship in 2014 despite being linked with a new challenge in the MotoGP series.
Rea has signed a new deal with the Ten Kate-backed Pata Honda team, with English rider Leon Haslam also being retained in the outfit next season.
Ulsterman Rea began his world championship career in World Supersport with Ten Kate Honda and although he had options to move to MotoGP next year - including a late offer to join Pramac Ducati - the 26-year-old has committed to a sixth season with Honda.
“It’s been a big decision that I’ve thought long and hard about because there were some other options to consider,” said Rea, who recently became a father for the first time.
“However, at the end of the day it was an easy choice because of the faith and respect that I have for the team that I’ve been with for six years and the company that I have been with my entire career.
“I know how hard the guys work to make the Honda competitive and I know that we have the potential to fight again for more podiums and race wins and the championship next season.
“Those podiums and wins are what motivate all of us and that’s why I know that everyone will pull out the stops over the winter again to make them happen,” he added. “I am as motivated as ever.”
Rea is currently out of action after breaking his femur in a crash at the Nurburgring in September.