2016 MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez Entertains in Jakarta
The 2016 MotoGP Championship heads this week to Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia for the penultimate round, which is also the final in three back-to-back races.
En route to Malaysia, the man that clinched the 2016 MotoGP title in Motegi two weeks ago—Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez—stopped in one of Honda’s key markets, Indonesia. During a promotional event Monday in Jakarta, Marquez was greeted by thousands of fans before heading to dinner with the top management team of Astra Honda.
On Tuesday, the 23-year-old Spaniard, who crashed out of Sunday’s Phillip Island MotoGP, met with 15 students of the Astra Honda Racing School Indonesia, and rode with them for a few laps around the Sentul Circuit. Marquez, who last visited Jakarta in February for the launch of Repsol Honda Team, then rode a CBR250R around town, and signed some autographs before heading to Malaysia.
“I’m happy to be back here after our visit in February and to be able to do so after winning the title. It’s a pleasure to have the chance to celebrate it with all of Honda’s fans here, as they’re incredibly enthusiastic and supportive. It’s good to see that our sport is so loved and that we have so many, many followers,” Marquez says.
“Today we met the students from Astra Honda Racing School at the Sentul track; I think Honda is doing a great job here, allowing young riders a chance to follow their dreams. Maybe in the near future we’ll race with some of them! I also enjoyed riding the new Honda CBR250RR as the crowd in the grandstands went crazy. I can’t even imagine what it would be like racing here—it would be amazing! I’m just sorry that Dani is not here, I wish him the best, hope he comes back very soon.”