Honda Racing Corporation has extended its MotoGP partnership with Repsol until the end of the 2024 season.
While the Japanese brand has been going through tough times over the past three years, the Repsol Honda Team quickly became the standard bearer at the start of the relationship in 1995.
In fact, the team won the 500cc drivers’ championship in each of its first five years under that name, the last four titles for Mick Doohan and Alex Criville.
Their combined success rate is just over 50 percent, with 15 rider titles in 28 seasons so far (noting that although the 2022 season is not complete, the rider championship will be won by a Ducati or Yamaha pilot), as well as 10 crowns of teams and 18 constructors.
In announcing the latest two-year extension, Honda and the Spanish petroleum/energy company made a comment about MotoGP’s impending switch to sustainable fuels.
All fuel in the premier class must be of at least 40 percent non-fossil origin by 2024 and 100 percent by 2027.
“It gives us great pride to once again continue our partnership with Repsol and continue a long and fruitful partnership,” said Koji Watanabe, President of Honda Racing Corporation.
“We don’t just work as a sponsor and manufacturer; we are a real team with a deep level of technical cooperation.
“With upcoming changes to fuel regulations, having a partner like Repsol is critical.
“We will work with them again to achieve the best possible performance and results.
“Together we have celebrated good days and worked together to overcome the bad – we remain sharply focused on returning to the top of the world championship and remain the benchmark in technology and competition.”
Marcos Fraga, Director of Communications and Corporate Marketing at Repsol, added: “Repsol is proud to continue our successful history with Honda.
“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.”
Marc Marquez, six-time world champion with Repsol Honda, is the brand’s leading rider in the standings, finishing 12th despite missing eight of the 19 rounds so far this year due to injury/lack of fitness.
The 20th and final round of the campaign will take place on November 4-6 in Valencia.