MotoGP: Honda and Repsol extend iconic title sponsor deal

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Marc Marquez aboard the 2022 Repsol Honda in SepangMarc Marquez aboard the 2022 Repsol Honda in Sepang

Casey Stoner celebrates his 2011 title win for Repsol Honda at Phillip IslandCasey Stoner celebrates his 2011 title win for Repsol Honda at Phillip Island

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The Honda factory team has extended its iconic sponsorship deal with Repsol for a further two seasons.

The new deal means the partnership will celebrate its 30th anniversary in the 2024 MotoGP season, having entered the series for the first time for the 1995 500cc campaign.

Since then, the famous orange, red and white livery (as well as black and blue in certain periods of the collaboration) has become one of the most recognizable designs in motorsport.

The Repsol Honda team has collected 15 driver titles between Mick Doohan (1995-1998), Alex Criville (1999), Valentino Rossi (2002-2003), Nicky Hayden (2006), Casey Stoner (2011) and Marc Marquez (2013-2014 / 2016-2019).

Despite their success, things have been much more difficult for HRC in recent years following the serious arm injury Marc Marquez sustained at Jerez in the 2020 season opener. That injury, and the setbacks and complications that followed, kept him out of action for the entire season and the start. of the following season.

Casey Stoner celebrates his 2011 title win for Repsol Honda at Phillip Island

Should Marquez or Pol Espargaro fail to win the 2022 season finale in Valencia next month, it means the team will have endured its second winless season in the last three years. Repsol Honda relied on a still less than 100% Marquez who won three races in 2021.

The team has taken just two podium finishes this season: Espargaro’s third in the opening round of the year in Qatar, and Marquez’s second at Phillip Island two weeks ago. Honda is currently last in the Constructors’ Championship, 21 points behind KTM.

Despite missing eight races this season, first due to injury following a crash during the Indonesian Grand Prix weekend and the eye problems that followed, and then following his decision to have a fourth surgery on his injured arm, Marquez will finish as the best Honda rider in 2022.

Marquez is currently 12th in the championship standings, 56 points ahead of Espargaro in 16th. LCR Honda duo Alex Marquez and Takaaki Nakagami are six and ten points behind, respectively.

2020 MotoGP World Champion Joan Mir will line up alongside Marquez next season following Espargaro’s departure to Tech3 GASGAS. Mir joins after Suzuki’s decision to withdraw from MotoGP.

Alex Marquez will also leave the HRC family in 2023 for Gresini Racing Ducati. The youngest of the Marquez brothers is replaced by Mir’s current teammate, Alex Rins.

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