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Repsol Honda Unveils 2013 MotoGP Livery

Thursday, January 24, 2013
Repsol Honda revealed the new look of its Honda RC213V GP bike today along with its riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez.
Repsol Honda revealed the new look of its Honda RC213V GP bike today along with introducing its 2013 riders, Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez.
A peek at the new livery for Dani Pedrosas Repsol Honda RC213V GP bike.
A peek at the new livery for Dani Pedrosa's Repsol Honda RC213V GP bike.
Marc Marquez makes the jump from Moto2 to MotoGP this year and will do battle aboard this Repsol Honda RC213V.
Marc Marquez makes the jump from Moto2 to MotoGP this year and will do battle aboard this Repsol Honda RC213V.
Today in Repsol's headquarters in Madrid, Dani Pedrosa and Marc Márquez revealed the new look Honda RC213V for the 2013 season during a crowded Team Launch to the international media.

The exciting new graphic introduces a fresh style to the factory Honda Team who celebrate their 19th year in partnership with title sponsors, Spanish Oil and Gas giants, Repsol. Team riders for 2013, MotoGP runner-up Dani Pedrosa and Moto2 Champion Marc Márquez, dressed in the new team uniform provided by GAS, have enjoyed a long winter break, but both are eager to start the new season.

Shuhei Nakamoto, HRC Executive Vice-President was present in Madrid to introduce the riders and explain a new team structure for the coming season which will see Mr. Livio Suppo as Team Principal, Mr. Takeo Yokoyama as Team Technical Director and Mr. Hideki Iwano as Team Director. Former Technical Director, Mr. Shinichi Kokubu, will be the new HRC General Manager of the Technology Development Division.

Pedrosa and Márquez will have their first outing of 2013 when the team arrives in Malaysia for the first test, scheduled for February 5 - 7.

Dani Pedrosa
“I am very happy to have been here at Campus Repsol today, and to have been the one unveiling the bike and its new livery. We had run with the old design for a long time and I think that now is a good moment for a change. This year's bike has a fresh touch to it, which can give us a boost at the races. I hope the fans like it too. I'm starting this preseason really keen, as at the Valencia test after the last race of 2012 we had so much rain that we couldn't do much. I can't wait to get to Malaysia and have a few days to put the bike through its paces, enjoy myself and see which parts we are going to use for the opening race."

Marc Márquez
“I have really been looking forward to this moment. I am very happy to have presented the new colour scheme for my move up from Moto2 to MotoGP. Seeing the bike painted with the Repsol and HRC logos makes you feel very satisfied with this new step forward —it makes you realise what a dream-come-true it is. I'm like a kid with new shoes! I enjoyed the atmosphere of the presentation a lot, and I was able to see that the press attention for MotoGP is light years ahead of that for Moto2. We'll adapt to this, little-by-little. In the end, the important thing is what happens on the track, so I can't wait for the Malaysia tests to start. I think that it was a very positive initiative to broadcast the presentation online, because I'm sure lots of fans would have liked to have attended t his event. I hope that they enjoyed it a lot."

Shuhei Nakamoto HRC Executive Vice-President
"In 2013 we will again have a very strong team - Dani comes into this season after a fantastic 2012 and with new motivation, Marc is a great talent and I'm sure it won't be long before we see him on the podium. I am excited about the new structure and everyone at HRC will continue to work hard in the bike's development to give both our riders the best chance of victory."

Livio Suppo Team Principal
"I'd like to thank HRC for their trust in me. I will do my best to merit my new role and hope to assist in the Team's success. I know that we can count on two very strong riders, a formidable machine, a great international crew and the great support of Repsol and all our sponsors. Together we will all do our best to keep the Repsol Honda Team at the top of MotoGP."

Hideki Iwano Team Director
"I am very happy to be working with the Repsol Honda Team again this year. I am confident that Dani will maintain his good momentum from 2012 and will fight hard for the title once again this season. Marc is a rookie in the MotoGP class but I am sure he will demonstrate his remarkable talent to us this season. As Team Director of the Repsol Honda Team, it is my job to provide an environment in which everyone can maximise their ability".

Takeo Yokoyama Technical Director
"I've been in the Honda family since 1996 and have learned a great deal. I have spent a lot of time working closely with Dani in the past few years and also with Shinichi Kokubu, who taught me a lot. I am very grateful to Honda Racing Corporation for giving me this opportunity, I am excited for what the future holds and hope that in 2013 we can recapture the Rider's Championship!"

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chuck_b24   January 25, 2013 11:32 PM
Pedrosa................. the UNDER ACHIEVER !!
philthy_utah   January 25, 2013 11:01 AM
Geez, I guess it's eye of the beholder. I think they look great. (http://www.motogp.com/en/photos/2013/Dani+Pedrosa+Repsol+Honda+Team) and there is no doubt looking at the bikes that they are 2013, not simply a rehash of the last 5+ years of paint jobs which was getting tired.
GhostRider11   January 25, 2013 10:08 AM
It looks like somebody was drinking on the job again when this livery was approved! It's straight garbage for the caliber of 'Repsol' Honda! It would be 'okay' for a satellite team but not the best factory team in motorcycle racing! I am so glad that my new 2013 CBR1000rr Repsol edition won't look like this, geezzz! Honda could have used this livery for 1 of those special 1-off race events like at Aragon or something... not for the entire year!
leward18   January 25, 2013 02:20 AM
I think it looks pretty nice.
jimmihaffa   January 24, 2013 01:48 PM
New Livery? One word...GROSS! For a pint of Newcastle and a ham sandwich, I could concoct something much more aesthetically pleasing on photoshop in 15 minutes...what'd ya say Honda?
thomboz   January 24, 2013 12:09 PM
New Livery? One word... UGLY. I never liked the last paint job, but this is definitely worse. They should have hired whoever does Yamaha or Ducati. Even most of the CRTs are better looking.
AnthonyD   January 24, 2013 11:26 AM
They should just be called team Spain. I wonder how much smaller they were able to make the bike this year with these two riders.