MotoGP update: Honda, Repsol re-sign, schedule updated

The Honda team of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa remains unchanged for next year, but neither seemed impressed with their new engine.

Here are a couple updates from MotoGP:

Honda, Repsol re-up

After their star Marc Marquez took the MotoGP championship again this year, there was no doubt Honda’s factory team and sponsor Repsol would be back for more, but the ink has dried on the contract now. It’s confirmed; Big Red and the petro-giant will be working with MotoGP through the end of 2018.  It’s been a fruitful relationship for the two companies so far, with 12 championships 151 wins, and 392 podiums since they joined forces in 1995.

Changes to 2017 schedule announced

Next season’s schedule has been updated, with the German race moving forward in the calendar. Note the revised schedule below, and adjust your vacation time accordingly. Or at least your PVR.

2017 MotoGP provisional schedule
Round Date Grand Prix Circuit
1 3/26 Qatar* Losail International Circuit
2 4/9 Republica Argentina Termas de Río Hondo
3 4/23 Americas Circuit of The Americas
4 5/7 Spain Circuito de Jerez
5 5/21 France Le Mans
6 6/4 Italy Autodromo del Mugello
7 6/11 Catalunya Barcelona-Catalunya
8 6/25 Netherlands TT Circuit Assen
9 7/2 Germany Sachsenring
10 8/6 Czech Republic Automotodrom Brno
11 8/13 Austria Red Bull Ring – Spielberg
12 8/27 Great Britain** Silverstone
13 9/10 San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
14 9/24 Aragon MotorLand Aragon
15 10/15 Japan Twin Ring Motegi
16 10/22 Australia Phillip Island
17 10/29 Malaysia** Sepang International Circuit
18 11/12 Comunitat Valenciana Comunitat Valenciana – Ricardo Tormo

* Evening Race

** Subject to the contract

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