The “unbelievable” Marc Marquez is the man Honda could not say no to. Simple as that.
Confirmation that Marquez has agreed a two year contract extension, until the end of 2016, with the Honda Racing Corporation comes as no surprise.
He is the first of the big name riders to ink a new deal and others will soon follow, most certainly Valentino Rossi with Yamaha.
At 21 and the reigning world champion, Marquez is Honda’s golden boy and likely to increasingly wield huge power within the Repsol Honda factory squad.
The dollar details of his new contract have not been revealed other than he no doubt got what he asked for: riches beyond his dreams.
HRC vice-president Shuhei Nakamoto had no choice following Marquez’s fourth consecutive race of 2014 at Jerez last week.
“Unbelievable, this is the only word to describe Marc,” Nakamoto said.
“He has a good feeling with Honda and our attitude is that he feels like family.
“Marc showed his potential from November 2012 when he first tested the RC213V and even then I was surprised, but I didn’t expect that he would rise to this level so quickly.
“His performance this year has been a big shock.
“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.”
Marquez has won 10 races from 22 MotoGP starts with Honda and collected 13 pole positions along the way. He will chase a fifth consecutive race win this season in Sunday’s French GP at Le Mans.
Marquez is hot property and admits that he “never imagined” that he would reach such dizzying heights of success so quickly.
“Becoming World Champion during my first season (2013) was a dream turned into reality,” Marquez said.
“It is a great honor to be a part of the Honda family and I’m glad to remain with this special group of people for another two seasons.”
Marquez is the first rider to win the opening four races of the year in the premier class since Mick Doohan, a five time world champion with Honda, in the 500cc series in 1992.
And he is the first rider to win four successive premier class races from pole position since Valentino Rossi at the final three races of 2003 and the opening race of 2004.
Marquez is the first rider to win the opening four races of the year, all from pole position, since Giacomo Agostini in the 500cc class in 1971. That year, Agostini continued winning from pole all the way through to the eighth race of the year in Finland.
Little wonder Honda have moved quickly to lock-up Marquez.
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