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Honda Sign 5-Year Extension With Moto GP

Honda Sign 5-Year Extension With Moto GP

[mkdf_dropcaps type=”normal” color=”#f55549″ background_color=””]J[/mkdf_dropcaps]apanese manufacturer Honda has announced it will stay with global motorcycling competition Moto GP until 2026.

They have signed a five-year extension with Dorna Sports, the commercial rights holder of Moto GP.

Ducati and KTM also signed 5-year extensions with MotoGP last month.

Honda has enjoyed plenty of success since entering the Isle of Man TT in 1954, their first involvement in motorcycle racing.

In Moto GP’s premier class, the Japanese manufacturer has claimed 850 podiums and 25 rider world championships, the most of any team.

Since the modern Moto GP era in 2002, Honda won the championship nine times through Valentino Rossi in 2002 and 2003, Australian Casey Stoner in 2011, and Marc Marquez from 2013 to 2019.

Managing officer of motorcycle operations at Honda Motor Co, Noriaki Abe, said that he is excited to extend with Moto GP, and continue to develop as a manufacturer.

“MotoGP is the pinnacle of motorcycle racing – it allows us to develop various technologies, and through fierce competition, teach our engineers and nurture their skills,” Abe said.

“With these engineers working on the development of production vehicles, Honda can create better products for its customers,” he said.

CEO of Dorna Sports, Carmelo Ezpeleta is also looking forward to extending the competition’s partnership with their most successful manufactuer.

“This important announcement brings great pride to MotoGP because Honda is one of the first names that comes to our mind when we think about motorcycling racing,” Ezpeleta said.

“The Japanese manufacturer has been such an important part of the past, present and future of the FIM MotoGP World Championship and this renewal reinforces, even more, the commitment between both parties,” he said.

Despite re-signing with MotoGP, 2021 will be Honda’s last year providing engines for Red Bull and Alpha Tauri in Formula One.

Honda announced in October 2020 that they will exit the sport in an effort to meet sustainability targets.

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