Too early for contract renewals says Suppo

Too early for contract renewals says Suppo
Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Regarding the future of World Champion Marc Marquez with the Repsol Honda team beyond the end of the current MotoGP™ season, Team Principal Livio Suppo says it’s too early in the year to renew contracts for 2015 and beyond.

When Marquez graduated from Moto2™ to the premier class for the 2013 season he was given a two-year contract with Repsol Honda. Given his remarkable rookie MotoGP World Championship triumph and the winning form he has carried into 2014 the factory Honda team are understandably keen to retain his services when his existing deal expires.

The current contract of Marquez’ teammate Dani Pedrosa also runs out at the end of the 2014 World Championship.

Over the weekend of the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, where Marquez dominated proceedings and stormed to victory to take his points haul to the maximum 50 available from the first two rounds, there was media speculation that a new contract offer was already on the table for the champion.

But team boss Suppo has confirmed to motogp.com, that whilst of course Honda are pleased with the form of Marquez and would like to keep him, it is still too early in the year for a renewal to become consolidated.

Suppo stated, “Marc likes Honda and we like him, but it’s really early to speak about a contract. My feeling is that it will be natural sooner or later, but at the moment nothing is done. If you think there are really negotiations going on already, well there are not. Our priority is to keep him on board and his priority is to stay with Honda, so that’s the situation.”

“It’s only the second race of the year so it’s really early to speak about negotiations. Of course with Marc he is young, he is a Honda rider and we would like to keep him for the future but real negotiations have not started.”

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