Thursday, July 12, 2012
Honda Racing Corporation has officially announced that Dani Pedrosa and Marc Márquez will be its two factory riders in 2013 and 2014.
Pedrosa, who is running second in the MotoGP ™ World Championship just as he reaches the middle of the season, extends his contract for two more years with Honda, the brand he has been with throughout his career since his debut in the World Championship. in 2001. The Barcelona driver was three times world champion in the lower categories (2003 in 125cc and 2004 and 2005 in 250cc), made his debut in MotoGP in 2006, obtaining the title of Rookie of the Year and the fifth position in the championship that year. In addition, he has two runners-up in the MotoGP world and two third places. After celebrating his first victory of the 2012 season last weekend in Germany, Pedrosa is undoubtedly one of the contenders for the title of the queen category.
Marc Márquez, born on February 17, 1993, will make the leap to the premier category of the Honda factory team with only 20 years. Already recognized as one of the world’s greatest young talents, the Cervera driver has signed a two-year contract with HRC. Márquez was the 125cc world champion in 2010, runner-up in the season of his Moto2 debut and currently leads the Moto2 general with a 43-point lead.
“I’m happy to announce my renewal with the Repsol Honda team for the next two seasons, it’s been many years at Honda and it was my firm decision to continue here, this season is very open and the next two years will also be very interesting for me. All my sports career has been linked to Honda, since I started in 125cc going through 250 cc and since 2006 in MotoGP, so I think I am one of the riders that has been with this team the longest and that fills me with pride. Thank HRC once again for their support and I’m sure we have great things to do together. ”
“Being in MotoGP next year with the Repsol Honda team is a dream come true and I want to thank HRC for the confidence it has placed in me. I am very proud to be part of the great Honda family in the future and I do not want to forget about all the people who helped me since I started racing on a motorcycle. Now I want to focus on Moto2, where I and my team are working hard and with the hope of achieving our goal, which is to win the World Cup in 2012. ”
Shuhei Nakamoto – Executive Vice President of HRC:
“We are very happy with the renewal of Dani and the arrival of Marc to the Repsol Honda team. Dani is having a great season and fighting with Casey and Lorenzo for the World Cup, and we are very happy with his performance. Marc has already shown how fast he is in 125cc and Moto2 and we believe that by giving him the necessary time to adapt to the premier class, he will also be able to show his talent in MotoGP in the future. ”