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Marc Marquez will be staying at the Repsol Honda Team for two further seasons, having signed a contract to remain at Honda in 2019 and 2020. Marquez, who joined the team in 2013 as a rookie and went on to take his first premier class crown that year, will have raced with the squad for a total of eight seasons by the conclusion of the 2020 season – and it has been quite a ride.
So far, the number 93 has only lost the title once, in 2015, and has been a multiple race winner every year. In 2018, the rider from Cervera is looking to defend the MotoGP™ crown and take premier class title number five, with Honda also defending a crown as they head into the year as reigning Manufacturers’ Champions.
“I’m excited to continue to race for Honda’s factory team in the MotoGP class,” says Marquez. “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, adds: “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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