The world’s fastest man on a motorcycle (excluding Bonneville exploits) will remain with Honda’s MotoGP factory team for another two years.
Marc Marquez signed a two-year extension with HRC that will keep him riding with Big Red (or does their Repsol livery scheme make them Big Orange?) through 2015 and 2016.
The move was a no-brainer for Honda – Marquez convincingly took the 2013 MotoGP championship, gaining a podium in all but one of the 22 races, and has taken first in all four races this year. The news might be a bit disappointing for motojournalists who’d hoped to write speculative articles about his contract negotiations for the next few months, but really, this deal was a certainty.
“It was natural to renew the contract even if it is very early in the season,” said Shuhei Nakamoto, HRC’s executive VP. “He is enjoying a fantastic start to 2014 and even though he is still learning, his ability to absorb information and adapt to the machine is remarkable.”
“I am very happy to announce my renewal with HRC,” Marquez said. “I had always dreamt about being part of the Repsol Honda Team … Everything happened very quickly last season, and I would have never imagined that I could achieve what we did. Becoming World Champion during my first season was another dream turned into reality.”