|Date : 16/07/2014|
Honda and Repsol are pleased to announce that they will continue their special partnership through to the end of 2017 by signing a new three year agreement for extension of their MotoGP collaboration after 20 years of sporting success and technological development.
This is the longest running sponsor-factory agreement of its kind in the history of the motorcycle World Championship, and has converted Repsol Honda motorcycles into icons within the motorsport world. Reigning World Champion, Marc Marquez, together with teammate and Honda stalwart Dani Pedrosa, will continue to represent these two prestigious brands as the factory riders.
The collaboration - which this year celebrates its 20th Anniversary - began in February of 1995 providing a perfect combination between motorcycles, fuel and lubricant that has brought sporting success and technological development. Over the past 20 years, the team has taken 10 rider titles, 133 victories, with Mick Doohan’s 35 and Dani Pedrosa’s 25 of particular note. Added to them are 354 podiums, 137 pole positions and 152 race fastest laps*. Repsol Honda Team has also been team champions on 6 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).
The bond between Repsol and Honda goes beyond a conventional sporting sponsorship arrangement and is solidified with the relationship between Honda Motorcycle R&D Center in Saitama, Japan, and the Repsol Technology Centre in Mostoles, Spain. In the 1990s, the collaboration began with the development for 2-stroke engines later moving on to the challenge of development for 4-stroke ones. At the Repsol Technology Centre, studies take place with a unique single cylinder engine prototype identical to those used in Marc and Dani’s bikes - only Honda’s engineers in Saitama share those investigations into the unique single cylinder engine. This year, MotoGP fuel tanks house one liter less than in 2013 (a reduction from 21L to 20L per race), making efficiency a challenge.