Marc Marquez Signs On For Two More Years With Repsol Honda

Marc Marquez has become the third rider to sign a new contract for the coming season. Today, HRC announced that the reigning world champion will be staying with the Repsol Honda team for two more years, for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

The news doses not come as a surprise, despite recent comments by Marquez that he was open to listening to offers from other factories. Marquez is very happy with Honda, and at this point in his career, his main ambition is to keep winning races and championships. He has proven that he is capable of doing that with Honda.

The improvement in the Honda RC213V may also have factored into his decision to sign now. Throughout winter testing, the Honda riders have been much more positive in their comments than they have been in previous years. Marquez has been both very fast and very comfortable in winter testing, his long runs an indication of just how fast he is, even in race trim. With Dani Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow also quick on the bike, the RC213V looks like being extremely competitive this year.

Marquez is the third rider to sign a new contract before the season has even begun. Maverick Viñales announced that he would be back with Yamaha for two more years at the Movistar Yamaha team launch, before he had even swung a leg over the bike, and Ducati announced they had signed Pecco Bagnaia to the Pramac team for two years before the Italian has even started his second year in MotoGP.

With Cal Crutchlow, Franco Morbidelli, and Xavier Simeon all having contracts for 2019 with their current teams, that brings the total number of riders already signed for next year up to six. More are almost certain to follow before the season opener at Qatar on 18th March.

Below is the press release from the Repsol Honda Team:


Honda Racing Corporation Renews Contract with Marc Márquez for Two Years

Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) is pleased to announce the extension of its contract with 25-year-old Spanish rider Marc Márquez, currently competing in the FIM MotoGP World Championship for the HRC’s factory team “Repsol Honda Team,” that will see him continue to race for two more years beginning in 2019.

After winning the 125cc Championship in 2010, Márquez moved on to Moto2 racing in 2011 to win the title in 2012. In 2013, in his debut year in the premier class, he became the world’s youngest champion after taking the title for the Repsol Honda Team.

In 2017, he became the youngest rider in history to win four titles in the premier class.

Marc Márquez’ World Championship Achievements

MotoGP
World Champion: 4(2013, 2014, 2016, 2017)
Starts: 90
Podiums: 63(35 x 1st, 19 x 2nd, 9 x 3rd)
Poles: 45
Fastest Race Laps: 37

Moto2
World Champion: 1(2012)
Starts: 32
Podiums: 25(16 x 1st, 6 x 2nd, 3 x 3rd)
Poles: 14
Fastest Race Laps: 7

125cc
World Champion: 1(2010)
Starts: 46
Podiums: 14(10 x 1st, 4 x 3rd)
Poles: 14
Fastest Race Laps: 9

Marc Marquez

“I’m excited to continue to race for Honda’s factory team in the MotoGP class. I’m proud to race as a member of the Honda family, and I appreciate how Honda and the team always do their best to provide me with everything I need. I would also like to thank everyone who has given me such warm support over the years. The first two official tests went well and, with my contract renewed, I can focus on racing in the new season. I will continue to enjoy racing, share my joy with everybody and do my best to reach our shared goals. Thank you!”

Yoshishige Nomura
HRC President

“I am very pleased that Marc Márquez will continue to ride for our factory team. Márquez has consistently pushed himself to the limit and matured as a rider, and given Honda many titles. We were able to announce the contract renewal at such an early stage due to our mutual trust, and our common passion for racing. I am certain that we can provide an environment for him to concentrate on the final tests in Qatar this week and in the lead-up to the opening round, and that we can start the 2018 season strongly. HRC will continue its challenge with Márquez, a vital rider in the future of MotoGP. I appreciate and look forward to everyone’s continued support for the Repsol Honda Team.”

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what drives these guys?

more money than they could ever spend. enough "attention" from the fairer sex to make it redundant.

etc. etc.

whatever the reasons, thanks guys.

i love it !

Total votes: 50

bets on Rossi or Lorenzo -

funny how these two tend to race each other for the most money and best contract, and timing of the contract signing; its all very personal between these two.

I think Jorge will sign first.  

Total votes: 57

Having silly season before the season even starts has kind of ruined the fun of it.  No more guessing if a rider will manage to keep his ride after some poor finishes, or guessing which exceptional lower class rider will step up to motogp.  It's all done and dusted before the riding even happens.

It must be infuriating for moto2 and moto3 riders who are looking to get promoted.  Before they even start the season, they know that they have at least two years before they'll be racing a motogp bike - no matter how well they do.

Total votes: 57

Marc is the best rider, and it looks like Honda has turned it around and now he's on the best bike for two more years. Yamaha and Ducati need to be on top of their design, manufacturing support, and program management to leapfrog over Honda.

Total votes: 50

I think unlike Valentino, Marc doesn't have the "What if everyone thinks it's the bike" bug.

He's closest what you can get to a thoroughbread in racing.
He races for the battles and for the feeling.

I greatly admire him, he seems to have the keen ability to carve out his own path and the willpower to carry the plan through.

I would like for him to make a switch and win with another manufacturer in the distant future, but I don't think it's necessary, he is one rider you can always be sure of that it's the rider making the difference, not the bike.

Also he is propelled by a great loyalty to his team and the people who brought him through the ranks, most of whom have deep roots within HRC. Now I don't exactly see Emilio Alzamora as a positive influence in MotoGP, nor as a particularly enjoyable persona, but Marc's loyalty to him and the rest of HRC is commendable.

Marc never makes championships boring, even if he dominates them he has fierce battles and exciting races, so personally I don't mind when he gets to lift the trophy at the end of the season. He has been raising the level of the sport and the excitement of the races since his early days, so I hope he has a long and fruitful career, like he has had up till now.

Total votes: 135

what's with the MM vs VR and JL vs VR talk? 

Marquez signed with Honda, no surprise there, as far as I'm concerned.

Total votes: 54