Repsol has been Honda’s manufacturing unit staff title companion because the 1995 season, starting some of the enduring and profitable tie-ups in motorsport.
Collectively, Repsol Honda team riders have received 16 titles between Mick Doohan, Alex Criville, Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden and Marc Marquez.
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Honda penned a brand new two-year cope with Repsol again in 2020 at a time when it was speculated that Pink Bull – whose branding already options prominently on manufacturing unit staff Hondas – might take over as title sponsor.
Nevertheless, Repsol and Honda on Tuesday morning introduced that their partnership would proceed by to no less than the top of 2024.
Honda has endured a torrid time since signing its final cope with Repsol, with the Japanese marque going through its second winless season in three years because the 2022 marketing campaign attracts to its conclusion subsequent weekend in Valencia.
The squad has scored simply two podiums thus far in 2022, with Pol Espargaro taking third on the opening spherical of the 12 months in Qatar, whereas Marc Marquez was second at Phillip Island two weeks in the past.
Honda presently sits final within the producers’ championship, 21 factors behind KTM and in want of no less than second in Valencia and a non-score for the Austrian marque to raise itself off the underside of the rankings.
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Group
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Marquez underwent a fourth main operation on the correct arm he badly broke in 2020 following Might’s Italian GP this 12 months, lacking six races earlier than returning on the Aragon GP final month.
Regardless of additionally lacking the Indonesian GP following a heavy crash and the next Argentina race because of a recurring eye damage – which pressured him out of the ultimate two rounds of 2021 – brought on by that Mandalika crash, Marquez will finish 2022 as the highest Honda rider within the standings having moved 56 factors away from next-best Pol Espargaro.
Honda will overhaul its line-ups subsequent 12 months, with 2020 world champion Joan Mir changing Esparagro on the manufacturing unit squad as his present Suzuki team-mate Alex Rins takes over from Alex Marquez at LCR.
Espargaro will return to Tech3 and KTM subsequent 12 months, whereas Alex Marquez will race for Gresini Ducati.