News 3 Jun 2016

Honda signs two-year extension with Marquez through 2018

Dual MotoGP World Champion remaining at Repsol Honda.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Honda Racing Corporation has finally signed Marc Marquez for the 2017 and 2018 MotoGP seasons in a two-year contract extension for the dual world champion.

The 23-year-old Spaniard will remain at Repsol Honda for two more seasons in the premier class, alongside returning teammate Dani Pedrosa.

“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,” Marquez commented.

“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.”

HRC executive vice president Shuhei Nakamoto said: “We’re honoured 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. 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.”

Second in the current standings, Marquez’s two MotoGP titles came in his rookie season 2013 and 2014, before claiming third last year.