Marc Marquez and HRC have extended their contract for two more years. The Spaniard is going to remain with the team until the end of 2020. This has cleared all the doubts of Marc open for offers from other teams.
Marquez is the reigning MotoGP champion. He delivered an outstanding performance in the 2017 season and grasped the world title for the fourth time. This has made him the youngest rider in history to win four premier-class world championship (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017).
Speaking on his extension of the contract with HRC, Marquez said, “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!”
HRC president Yoshishige Nomura added: “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.”
The official testing season for the 2018 MotoGP season has been completed. The first race in Qatar is scheduled to take place this month. We’re pretty excited and hoping to get to see much more action, thrills and good sport during this year’s MotoGP world championship.