Randy de Puniet has signed a two-year deal with Lucio Cecchinello's Honda MotoGP squad, renewing a relationship which saw the Frenchman riding for the squad in the 250cc class during the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
De Puniet was in talks with Kawasaki for the second seat alongside John Hopkins, with final discussions expected to take place next weekend at Misano.
The news, however, have put an end to de Puniet's talks with Kawasaki.
Lucio Checchinello said: "We are very happy to work with Randy again.
"Our past collaboration gave the team some impressive results, and thanks to Honda, our technical partners and our sponsors' support, Randy will be able to demonstrate his huge potential once again in the most prestigious and competitive class in the world during 2008."