Honda’s MotoGP organization has signed a two-year extension with longtime title sponsor Repsol until at least the end of 2024, extending the relationship to nearly three decades.
The Japanese manufacturer first joined the Spanish lubricant giant in 1995, and since then the orange and red brands have become synonymous with Honda’s factory-run premium prototypes.
Marcos Fraga, Repsol’s Director of Communications and Corporate, says the company is “proud” to extend its partnership with Honda for at least the next two seasons, adding that the two sides are working towards the “ambitious goal” of providing the best sustainable fuel as MotoGP works towards 100% sustainable fuel by 2024.
“Repsol is proud to continue our successful history with Honda,” said Fraga.
“This partnership is, is and will be history in the world of motorcycle racing, and an example of continuous innovation, teamwork and improvement.
“In our 28 years of collaboration, we have taken on many challenges together, but now we have an even more ambitious goal: to return to the top in a more sustainable way.
“Repsol has been working for years on decarbonisation and the development of renewable fuels as an efficient and sustainable alternative to mobility.
“Being able to use the competition at the highest level as a testing ground for our products in these circumstances is an even more exciting challenge.”
Repsol’s mention of its focus on developing a new 100% renewable fuel points to a likely contract extension well beyond 2024 as the partnership aims to return to the forefront of the premier leagues after a few tough seasons.
Honda’s last win came 12 months ago after Marc Marquez led his home team-mate Pol Espargaro in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Misano, while the latest result came on the podium thanks to Marquez’s strong run to second place in last weekend’s Australian GP.
The Repsol-Honda partnership has racked up a total of 15 drivers’ titles to date – the last so far with Marquez in 2019 – in addition to a solid 183 wins and 454 podium finishes.