Marc Marquez has signed on to remain with Repsol Honda through 2016. There’s little surprise in the announcement considering Marquez’s history and success with both Honda and Repsol in his brief yet impressive GP career. When the Spaniard made the jump to the Moto2 class in 2011 he piloted a Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol Suter machine.
That year he finished second in the championship but returned with the team in 2012 and scored the title. The Repsol Honda MotoGP squad pushed the rules and ruffled some feathers when it signed Marquez for the 2013 season, as it was not standard practice to sign a rookie rider to a factory team. The decision paid off as Marquez went on to stage the best rookie season performance in GP history. He’s currently in the midst of a perfect 2014 season through the four opening rounds. A number of top riders’ contracts are set to expire at the end of the current season, such as Marquez’s teammate Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo, so this only marks the beginning of silly season announcements. Repsol Honda’s full press release announcing Marquez’s decision is included below. – MotoUSA
Honda Racing Corporation is pleased to announce the renewal of the contract with 2013 World Champion, Marc Marquez
, for a further two years.
The young Spaniard took the MotoGP World by storm winning the Championship in his rookie season last year. It was a priority for HRC to re-sign the young sensation who has won every race so far this season - all from pole position. Since joining the Factory outfit ?the Repsol Honda Team? Marc has finished on the podium in all but two of his twenty-two MotoGP races. He’s taken ten victories, six second’s and four third’s. He’s also accumulated thirteen pole positions in the premier class.
He arrives at this weekend’s French GP leading the Rider’s Championship by 28 points after just four rounds.
"I am very happy to announce my renewal with HRC. I had always dreamt about being part of the Repsol Honda Team, and thanks to Honda, the dream came true a year and a half ago. Everything happened very quickly last season, and I would have never imagined that I could achieve what we did. Becoming World Champion during my first season was another dream turned into reality. It is a great honor to be a part of the Honda family and I’m glad to remain with this special group of people for another two seasons."
Shuhei Nakamoto HRC Executive Vice President:
"We are very satisfied to have reached an agreement to keep Marc [Marquez] in the team for a further two seasons. Of course as Honda we wanted to keep Marc in our family and he also wanted to stay with us so... it was natural to renew the contract even if it is very early in the season! He is enjoying a fantastic start to 2014 and even though he is still learning, his ability to absorb information and adapt to the machine is remarkable."