MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez Contract NewsIn just his sophomore year of the premier MotoGP class, Marc Marquez has already gained legendary status.
The Spaniard earned the 2013 MotoGP title at 20-years old, becoming the youngest rider to ever achieve such a feat, ousting Freddie Spencer’s record held since 1983 (21-years old).And so far in 2014 MotoGP, the Repsol Honda RC213V pilot is four for four, breaking additional records along the way. There’s no doubt many teams would want such young talent.And on Wednesday, just ahead of the French Grand Prix at Le Mans, Honda Racing Corporation has reported it renewed its contract with Marquez for a further two years (through 2016).“I am very happy to announce my renewal with HRC. I had always dreamed about being part of the Repsol Honda Team, and thanks to Honda, the dream came true a year and a half ago,” Marquez says.“Everything happened very quickly last season, and I would have never imagined that I could achieve what we did. Becoming World Champion during my first season was another dream turned into reality. It is a great honor to be a part of the Honda family, and I’m glad to remain with this special group of people for another two seasons.”Shuhei Nakamoto, Executive Vice President of Honda Racing Corporation, also commented: “We are very satisfied to have reached an agreement to keep Marc in the team for a further two seasons.“Of course, as Honda, we wanted to keep Marc in our family, and he also wanted to stay with us so… it was natural to renew the contract even if it is very early in the season! He is enjoying a fantastic start to 2014 and even though he is still learning, his ability to absorb information and adapt to the machine is remarkable.”Marquez arrived in MotoGP with two titles under his leathers – the 2010 125cc and the 2012 Moto2 championships. He arrived in MotoGP under a new rule change that allowed freshman riders to sign directly to a factory team; the rule is rightly nicknamed the Marquez Rule.So far in 2014, Marquez has taken every race so far – Qatar, Austin, Argentina, and Jerez – from the pole. In 22 races since joining MotoGP, Marquez has collected 10 wins, six second-place finishes, and four third-place finishes. He has also taken 13 pole positions.As the series heads to Le Mans this weekend, Marquez has a 28-point lead over his teammate Dani Pedrosa.Marc Marquez’s World Championship Statistics:MotoGP
KTM Super ADV R + Lightning Motorcycles’ Richard Hatfield
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Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams rides KTM’s new 1290 Super Adventure R. This hardcore ADV bike is big, powerful, and a true expert-level machine. Interestingly, it has multiple points of adjustment within its highly capable electronics package, and Don discovered several big surprises where the bike changed personality completely. His is an intriguing look at one of the most capable off road ADV bikes on the market today.
In the second segment, I chat with Richard Hatfield, CEO of Lightning motorcycles. This silicon valley based manufacturer was founded in 2006, and having racked up several notable race victories (including Pikes Peak in 2013 with the late Carlin Dunne on board) Lightning have certainly dominated in racing terms. In another first, Lightning has just announced a new rapid-charging battery technology that may well bring electric motorcycles into becoming real-world, practical transport.
So from all of us here at Motos & Friends… we hope you enjoy this episode!