Marc Márquez will not run with the Honda HRC MotoGP team in 2013. The CEO of Dorna, the company that manages the MotoGP World Championship, has closed the door to the change of regulations that, at Honda’s request, had been requested by manufacturers (the MSMA ), which sought to abolish the obligation for MotoGP debutants to have to run, at least the first year, with a satellite team.
The standard was introduced five years ago, when the satellite teams began to detect that the pilots arriving from the small categories were entering the official teams (Pedrosa in Honda, Lorenzo in Yamaha …) without them having the slightest option of get a first-class pilot. The rule, which has governed normally during recent years, has experienced an exception, which was the signing of Alvaro Bautista by Suzuki was ‘snuck’ by introducing a clause in the rule that says teams that have not won a grand prize In the last two years, even if they are factory officers, they can sign a debutante. A rule that remains in force and from which the next season Ducati could be used if it does not win, until the end of the year, no great prize.
You do not have to have a good view to know and understand that Marc Márquez has more or less compromised or secured his future in Honda HRC. The association of manufacturers, at the request of Honda, has been asking for months to end the rule of the debutants with the clear objective of incorporating Marc into his official team as soon as the pilot of Cervera decides to make the leap to MotoGP.
However, this possibility has been totally ruled out. Carmelo Ezpeleta, the head of Dorna and watchman of the global interests of the championship, is embarking on a crusade to make MotoGP a more equal competition and, therefore, more spectacular and interesting. So he has informed the MSMA that he will not change that norm, which is why Márquez, as Marco Simoncelli did at the time or Moto2 champion Stefan Bradl this season, will have to spend his first season among the greats with a team satelite. Obviously, that does not escape us either, with a black paw motorcycle factory, supervised and guarded by Honda, but in a private team, a treatment identical to that had, at the time, the longed Simoncelli.