Marc Marquez Renews Repsol Honda MotoGP Contract
In May, Repsol Honda extended Dani Pedrosa’s contract to pilot the RC213V through 2018. When that contract ends, Pedrosa will have ridden 13-straight years with the factory Honda squad.
But there was no news of the other current Repsol Honda rider, four-time World Champion Champion Marc Marquez. The 23-year-old Spaniard was expected to renew his contract ahead of this weekend’s round of MotoGP at Catalunya, and the contract extension was confirmed Thursday.
Repsol Honda has extended Marquez’s title through 2018; Marquez joined the premier class with Honda in 2013, earning the title in his rookie year. He followed that up with another title in 2014. To date, Marquez has earned 26 wins aboard the RC213V, and has finished on the podium 73 percent of the time.
In 2015, Marquez finished third overall, and after six of 18 rounds so far in 2016 MotoGP, Marquez has earned five podiums, including two wins. He is currently second in points, 10 behind fellow countryman and future Ducati Team pilot, Jorge Lorenzo.
Marc Marquez says: “I'm very happy to announce this renewal with HRC, especially coinciding with Grand Prix of Catalunya, my home GP, where I have some really good memories. HRC and I have a very strong relationship, and I’ve always wanted to continue being a part of the Repsol Honda Team.
“In three and a half years together, we’ve enjoyed some unbelievable moments, with great victories and two world titles, as well as a few challenging moments that I believe are making us stronger. We’re working very hard this year to regain the title. It’s a great honour 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, HRC Vice President, also spoke of the contract renewal: “We’re honored to have reached an agreement with Marc for two more years. There’s no doubt that he is the present and future of MotoGP! We know him well and he knows us well, and we both wanted to continue together; for this reason, we felt no rush for this renewal.
“Marc has grown a lot during almost four years with HRC, and now he’s an even more complete rider than in 2014, when he won 10 races in a row. Although he’s still very young, we already have a long relationship together, and we know that Marc's experience is very important for helping our engineers to develop our bike."
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