Repsol and Honda extend MotoGP collaboration through to 2017
JUL 16, 2014 12:24p ET
Since 1995, Repsol has been the title sponsor of the factory Honda MotoGP team and, after 20 years of sporting success and technological development, a new three-year agreement will see Honda and Repsol continue their special partnership through to the end of 2017.
This is the longest running sponsor-factory agreement of its kind in the history of the MotoGP World Championship, and has converted the Repsol Honda bikes into icons within the motorsport world. Reigning World Champion, Marc Marquez, together with teammate and Honda stalwart Dani Pedrosa, will continue to represent the two brands as the factory riders.
The collaboration - which this year celebrates it’s 20th Anniversary - began in February of 1995 providing a perfect combination between bike, fuel and lubricant that has brought sporting success and technological development. Over these 20 years, the team has taken 10 rider titles and 133 victories, with Mick Doohan’s 35 and Dani Pedrosa’s 25 of particular note.
Added to this are 354 podiums, 137 pole positions and 152 race fastest laps. Repsol Honda has also been team champions on six occasions since the award was created in 2002. Half of the World Championship titles won in the past 20 years have gone to Repsol Honda thanks to Mick Doohan (between 1995 and 1998), Alex Criville (1999), Valentino Rossi (2002 and 2003), Nicky Hayden (2006), Casey Stoner (2011) and Marc Marquez (2013).
"We are very satisfied with the renewal of this agreement which has been in place since 1995 and has given us such success –both in terms of sporting results and technological development," said Begona Elices, the General Director Communication and Chairman's Office of Repsol. "We have two exceptional riders in Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, who represent Repsol Values perfectly. This bond with the highest level of competition is the best impulse to improve as a global company, to investigate and develop cutting edge fuels and lubricants. Our alliance with Honda is an example of teamwork, completed by two riders who are ambassadors of our values –such as integrity, responsibility, bravery, enthusiasm and overcoming adversity."
"There is no better moment to celebrate this renewal, after a fantastic 1-2 finish in Germany and now we’re 1-2 in the Championship," said Shuhei Nakamoto, the HRC Executive Vice President. "We are very happy to extend our partnership with Repsol, which is not only a sponsorship agreement but key technical relationship. With the new 20 liter fuel rules in 2014, we have worked closely with Repsol and we are proud to share our successes both now and in the future!"