The instantly recognisable partnership between Repsol and Honda enters its 20th year in 2014 and remains as strong as ever. That’s because it’s more than just a commercial agreement; it represents a shared passion for racing and technology at the highest level.
The Spanish oil giant‚ investment in sponsorship began in 1969 and in the motorcycle world in 1971 with Angel Nieto, but it was during Mick Doohan’s dominant era in the 1990s that Repsol and Honda started their long-standing collaboration. Since 1995 Repsol and Honda have together won ten riders‚ World Championships and eleven Manufacturer Championship titles. During that time, the name “Repsol Honda” has become one of the most recognisable Team tags in motorsport history, going beyond just a sponsorship deal to form a shared assault on the ultimate prize in motorcycle racing.
Repsol Honda’s World Champions: Mick Doohan (AUS) 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998
Alex Crivillé (SPA) 1999
Valentino Rossi (ITA)(2001 Rossi Nastro Azzurro/Repsol), 2002, 2003
Nicky Hayden (USA) 2006
Casey Stoner (AUS) 2011
Marc Marquez (SPA) 2013
Honda Manufacturer Titles with Repsol: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, (2001 Rossi Nastro Azzurro/Repsol), 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013
Repsol‚ Motorcycle Sponsorship Manager, Mila Vior, explains the Repsol challenge in MotoGP. “Motorsport is the natural place for an oil company to be. We strongly believe in this partnership, and it’s more than just looking for maximum brand exposure. We focus on the technical aspects of the collaboration because the team uses our products in the motorcycles. This is the key point because through the sponsorship we test our products in competition and we use that technology to develop products for our customers. For this reason it’s crucial to choose a winning partner. Honda has been, is and will be the reference in motorcycle racing, that’s why we chose to link up with HRC. It’s the number one team and we strongly believe in their technology and capability.”
1995-2014: 20 years of success: “Our communication is based on performance, so it’s really important for us to be winning. Our main goal is to win the world title. We achieved this with Mick Doohan, Alex Criville, Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden, Casey Stoner and the young and talented Marc Marquez. Dani Pedrosa has come close too, with three second places and three third places.”
From the racetrack to the street: “The link between race bikes and street bikes is very close. In fact, the staff who develop our products for racing are the same people who look after the development of our street bike products. We co-operate with Honda and they help us with a lot of feedback. We use their technology, together with ours, to develop our products for every day users.”
Repsol is an integrated energy company present in more than thirty countries, employing over 23,000 people. Repsol is present along the whole energy value chain, including exploration, production, refining, transport, chemicals, retail sales and new types of energy.
The company is the market-leader in refining and marketing in Spain and the third-largest private LPG distributor in the world.
The company has a daily production of 330,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day and a refining system which can process 998,000 barrels of oil per day. Its excellent downstream assets are amongst the most efficient in Europe. Repsol also distributes and sells fuels and lubricants through an extensive sales network of service stations. The company has specialised in deep water exploration for hydrocarbons, producing some of the world’s largest finds in recent years.
Repsol is a global company that strives for the welfare of people and is a step ahead in building a better future through the development of smart energy solutions. Through hard work, talent and enthusiasm, we’re making progress in offering the best energy solutions for society and the planet.
For more information please visit www.repsol.com
Since it was built in 1971, PT Astra Honda Motor (AHM) has developed as the biggest motorcycle industry in Indonesia. AHM has made impressive growth on its motorcycle production by already producing 40 million units of motorcycles in 2013. That total production is yet recorded as the biggest in Southeast Asia. With its slogan “One HEART” or “Satu HATI”, AHM has accompanied million of customers in Indonesia in reaching their dreams by providing qualified motorcycle products with fuel efficient and environmentally friendly technology.
To fulfil the huge demand of Indonesian people for their motorcycle needs, AHM has owned three established plants with total production of 4.2 million units per year. Furthermore, to expand the production capacity, AHM builds the fourth plant with total production of 1.1 million units per year. Thus, the total production will be 5.3 million units per year.
AHM also has high concern in giving the best service for Indonesian customers. AHM provides about 1,800 dealers, 3,700 AHASS (Astra Honda Authorized Service Station) with around 19,000 well-trained technicians, and around 7,000 spare parts shops including HEPS (Honda Exclusive Parts Shop).
For more information, please visit www.astra-honda.com
Passion on the circuits.
Boasting a history that stretches back more than 100 years, Hijos de Rivera remains an independent, 100% family-owned business. With a large product portfolio that includes beer, mineral water, wine, cider, sangria and liqueurs, the company is now looking ahead to the future from a consolidated position characterised by major growth that over the last 5 years has enabled it to double its turnover and position itself as a leading operator in Spain with a clear international vocation. In this sense, the company’s products are distributed in more than 30 markets around the world and receive a positive reaction from consumers everywhere.
The origins of this company are deeply rooted in the world of beer. 1906 saw the start of a project that over the years would lead to new products being added to its hallmark Estrella Galicia, such as the 1906 Reserva Especial or Estrella Galicia 0,0, building up a range of beers whose outstanding reputation is based on their superb quality. Over the last twenty years, the company’s growth has far exceeded that of the sector average: our brands boast a consolidated position at the forefront of the Spanish market and are present in destinations ranging from Brazil to Australia, and including China, Russia, the Philippines and the USA, to name but a few.
What’s more, with our Estrella Galicia 0,0 brand, the company is once again part of the thrilling Moto GP World Championship through its sponsorship of a winning team. Pedrosa and Márquez reflect better than anyone the talent and hard work of young people whose spirit and drive know no limits. Their refreshing outlook on life fits in perfectly with the spirit of an alcohol-free beer such as Estrella Galicia 0,0, which will undoubtedly be accompanying the team as they celebrate many more successes this season in the paddock.
GAS, with the world champions since 1998.
Chiuppano, December, 2013 – With the success of motorcycle racing’s phenomenon Marc Marquez, the “baby champ” that entered the MotoGP history as the youngest world champion ever, the Vicenza-based brand and its founder, Claudio Grotto, could not imagine a better way of celebrating their passion for the sport and above all, concluding the 15th anniversary of the partnership that unites GAS with the world’s leading motorcycle manufacturer with a bang.
15 years of battles, a few falls but above all a lot of success and victories, like this latest one, always experienced “a tutto GAS” with grit and determination, values and sentiments that the two companies and the team’s riders have in common and that will accompany this partnership also for the 2014 MotoGP season.
“It is difficult to express in words the enthusiasm and pride that Marc’s victory has brought me and all the people who work for my company day to day. Marc embodies all the values that have led us to associate our brand with this sport, the same ones that help us overcome the challenges that every day brings – determination, dynamism and the will to win without ever giving up, despite difficulties and the odd spill. Today’s riders, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, and those of yesterday, from Mick Doohan to Casey Stoner as well as Valentino Rossi and many others, are an inexhaustible source of inspiration”, enthuses Claudio Grotto, President and founder of GAS.
GAS confirms so its role as ambassador of fashion in the MotoGP, a role that dates back to 1996, when the company recognised it as one of the most spectacular of all sports. Since 1998 GAS has been one of the main Sponsors of the Repsol Honda MotoGP Team and HRC management (Honda Racing Corporation) and has been at the top of the standings, with the world’s best riders, the official Repsol Honda team and the HRC staff, providing clothing that meets their requirements for quality, function and comfort, in the unique GAS style.
Out of the bond between GAS and Honda comes the co-branded collection including replicas of uniforms for the team and staff of HRC, Honda’s racing arm, and a series of apparel inspired by the world of motorbike racing and distributed worldwide exclusively by GAS. This complete line includes perfectly fitting jackets, fleeces, shirts, polo shirts, t-shirts and pants featuring high-tech materials, cuts and styles strongly inspired by racing suits, bright colours and aggressive, appealing graphics that evoke the idea of the race track. A perfect blend of comfort and style which last year has undergone a complete restyling with the valuable assistance of Aldo Drudi.
It was GAS who has also created the official celebratory t-shirt worn by Marc and the Repsol Honda team at Valencia’s race track after clinching a hard-fought World Championship, also in a limited edition, numbered deluxe version.
The GAS HONDA line and the celebratory t-shirt are distributed through official Honda dealers in Europe, clothing stores in more than 30 countries around the world, and now at the click of a mouse for all fans on the new site www.gashonda.com
Grotto S.p.A. designs, produces and distributes collections of clothing, footwear and accessories with the GAS brand for men, women and children. The company was launched at the beginning of the Seventies out of the passion and creativity of Claudio Grotto, the company’s President and Founder, in Chiuppano (Vicenza), in the heart of North-East Italy. GAS’ core business is denim, the element around which quality products revolve, products that meet the needs of the intelligent, aware, international, cosmopolitan consumer. Contemporary clothing that goes beyond the fashions of the moment to express the wearer’s individuality on all occasions. Today, Grotto S.p.A. is an international company, determined to further expand its presence abroad, particularly in Europe and the Far East. The company implements a strong Vertical Retail strategy on a global basis.
For more information please visit www.gashonda.com
IN 2012 WE SOLD 5.2 BILLION CANS
The high points of Red Bull’s 2012 were first and foremost winning both the constructors’ and drivers’ Formula 1 championships – picking up both titles for the third successive year – as well as the hugely successful “Red Bull Stratos” mission.
As of the end of 2012, Red Bull employed 8,966 people in 165 countries – Compared to the end of 2011 when we had 8,294 employees in 164 countries.
In 165 Countries around the world
In terms of further expansion, Red Bull is targeting the core markets of Western Europe and the USA and the growth markets of Brazil, Japan, India and South Korea, while also focusing on the worldwide roll-out of the Red Bull Editions. Growth and investment will – as is customary at Red Bull – continue to be financed from the operating cash flow.
+15.9% Company growth
A total of 5.226 billion cans of Red Bull were sold worldwide in 2012, representing an increase of 12.8% against 2011. Owing to higher prices as well as currency fluctuations, company turnover increased by 15.9% from EUR 4.253 billion to EUR 4.930 billion. In terms of sales, revenues, productivity and operating profit, the figures recorded were the best in the company’s history so far. Such positive figures can be attributed to outstanding sales in South Africa (+52%), Japan (+51%), Saudi Arabia (+38%), France (+21%), the USA (+17%) and Germany (+14%), efficient cost management and ongoing brand investment.
35000000000 Cans Sold
100% Recyclable Cans
For information please visit www.redbull.com/en
MotoGP tyres for Repsol Honda and all other teams are supplied exclusively by Bridgestone and this role as an official sole supplier extends to 2014 as well. During every track session Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez and their crews work closely with a dedicated Bridgestone engineer to decide tyre selection and to provide essential feedback in this fundamentally important area for machine performance.
Bridgestone’s MotoGP program is organised from Japan and all tyre development is conducted in the Technical Centre in Tokyo. The tyres are then shipped to Bridgestone Motorsport’s base in Speyer, Germany, from where the logistical operation is run. Bridgestone Motorsport is just one part of a global company which employs around 143,500 people worldwide and has offices, factories or continental headquarters in more than 150 countries.
Bridgestone Corporation worldwide head-quarters are in Tokyo, established in 1931 by Shojiro Ishibashi, is now the world’s largest manufacturer of rubber products and tyres for cars, motorcycles, agricultural, industrial and mining vehicles, airplanes, trucks and buses.
In 2012 the joint Companies recorded net sales of ¥3,039.7billion [*$29.5 billion]. Bridgestone Corporation’s diverse operations include the manufacture of golf clubs, tennis rackets, bicycles and chemical and industrial products such as Seismic Isolator.
*pro forma amount calculated by 1US$/103JPY
For information please visit
www.bridgestone.com | www.bridgestonemotorsport.com
Born in the mid ’90s from the inventiveness and determination of its founder Mario Moretti Polegato, the Geox Group is an international technology-oriented footwear company that in a few years became the leading Italian footwear brand and third worldwide in the lifestyle-casual footwear market.
Investing every year the 2% of its turnover in research and development, Geox was the first to introduce in the market shoes that are able to guarantee breathability to rubber soles and impermeability to leather soles, thanks to Geox patents registered in Italy and extended at an international level: in all its collections for men, women, and children, Geox constantly blands product innovation with comfort and a style in line with the latest fashion trends.
Headquartered in Italy, GEOX operates in 103 countries and is distributed in 1.270 freestanding stores and more than 10,000 independent retailers.
For more information please visit www.geox.com
Built for today’s fast-paced, highly mobile workplace, join.me is the instant online meeting app that makes collaborating easier than ever. Powerful yet simple for anyone to use, join.me is great for ad-hoc meetings, formal presentations and anytime you need to share ideas and get work done. To learn more about better meetings for all and to start your own, visit join.me.
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Right in the heart of the Honda RC213V’s engine, at the critical point where air-fuel mixture is ignited to produce power, you will find NGK spark plugs. It’s a precision process requiring components of the highest quality and reliability.
When it comes to spark plugs, NGK is the world leader. Among makers of spark plugs for virtually every automotive, motorcycle, marine and small engine application, NGK dominates the field.
NGK has a long and successful history in racing and is proud to sponsor the Repsol Honda Team and some of the most competitive teams in Formula One and the World Rally Championship. Our mission: “We improve life through the environmentally responsible manufacture and precise application of advanced ceramic and material technologies. Focused on innovation and teamwork, we contribute to local and global economic growth by matching our products to our customers’ visions each day, exceeding their expectations in quality, value, service and performance.”
For information please visit www.ngk-sparkplugs.jp/english/
RK JAPAN supply Honda Racing Corporation with the chains fitted to the RC213V FACTORY machine, delivering over 175kw of power from the engine to the rear wheel. This critical element of the bike’s drive train requires components that are incredibly strong whilst being weight efficient, and also very reliable at the same time maintaining durability. RK JAPAN is an essential link in the performance chain.
Philosophy: “Advanced technologies are always used as the basis for high quality and high performance for our chains. The company opened the Saitama Factory and started operations in 1951. Since then, we have consistently manufactured superior products such as motorcycle chains, kart chains, industrial chains, etc.
With the support of motorcycle enthusiasts and after incorporating over 60 years of achievements and experience, RK JAPAN offers superior technology that meets the demands and desires of today’s motorcycle riders. RK JAPAN has crossed many borders and has expanded throughout the world to become known to motorcycle fans as the very best in drive chain performance.”
For information please visit www.rk-japan.co.jp/global
Since its founding in 1949 in Tokyo, Japan, Shindengen Electric Manufacturing Company Limited has established power electronics, such as power semiconductors, switching power supplies, and car electronics devices as our primary business.
Over the years, we have developed countless products that utilise original technologies, and have been relentless in our dedication to meeting the expectations and earning the trust of our customers worldwide.
Shindengen offers an expansive product line from diodes, thyristors for surge protection to power ICs, MOSFETs, and Power Modules, as well as car electronics devices for motorcycles to hybrid electric vehicles, high-efficiency power supplies for telecommunication, and Power Conditioner for Photovoltaic Generators.
Powered by meeting various needs of our customers and constantly taking on new challenges, we continue to enhance our corporate value as the world’s market leader. Shindengen’s energy source is our highly held mission: “Maximising the energy conversion efficiency for the benefit of humanity and society.” We believe by living up to this mission, power supply devices can change the world into a better place.
For information please visit www.shindengen.co.jp/top_e/
The Repsol Honda Team uses Snap-On’s range of tools and storage units in the MotoGP pit garage – a high-pressure working environment where speed, precision and reliability of equipment are paramount. Snap-On’s products deliver exactly that.
Snap-on Incorporated is a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, diagnostics, equipment, software and service solutions for professional users. Products and services include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions for vehicle dealerships and repair centres, as well as customers in industry, government, agriculture, aviation and natural resources.
Headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin and founded in 1920, Snap-on first entered the international arena in 1931. Today, its products and services can be found in more than 150 countries around the world. Snap-on already reaches the technicians who service 40 percent of the world’s vehicles.
For information please visit www.snapon.com
Founded in 1969 by Mr. Luigi Termignoni, TERMIGNONI S.p.A. is a Company that designs and creates motorcycles exhaust systems for road and race use at highest levels. The Company mission is to realize products that offer always an increase of performances in terms of power and/or weight.
The R&D Department develops all the aftermarket projects, often working together with the Racing Department, the same that realize the MotoGP, Moto2 and SBK racing exhausts. Thanks to this cooperation the Company can transfer the experience gained on track on the products dedicated to the final customers.
The 50 employees operate in a new and modern building of 7.000 square meters located in Predosa (AL), a small town strategically positioned only one hour by car from three of the main cities of the northern Italy: Turin, Milan and Genova.
The exhaust systems are all made in TERMIGNONI, from the technical project until the shipment warehouse, with the typical materials used for production such as Stainless Steel, Alloy, Carbon, Titanium and Inconel (this one only for some racing products). The quality of the TERMIGNONI production is certified by T.U.V. UNI EN ISO 9001:2008 to offer to all the customers, racing teams and common bikers, always his best.
History 1969: Foundation
1970: Partnership with Kawasaki Racing Team
1980: Development of the first Ducati Corse full exhaust system
1990: First titanium prototype for Ducati/Cagiva
2002-2013: Partnership in MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3 and SBK with Ducati, Yamaha and Honda official Teams plus Gresini Racing Team.
Racing Results MotoGP World Champion
2004 Yamaha M1 – Valentino Rossi
2005 Yamaha M1 – Valentino Rossi
2007 Ducati Desmosedici GP7 – Casey Stoner
2008 Yamaha M1 – Valentino Rossi
2009 Yamaha M1 – Valentino Rossi
2010 Yamaha M1 – Jorge Lorenzo
2011 Honda RC212V – Casey Stoner
2013 Honda RC213V – Marc Marquez
Moto2 World Champion
2010 Moriwaki – Toni Elias
For information please visit www.termignoni.it
GS Yuasa was formed in 2004 through the merger of two companies (Japan Storage Battery Co., Ltd. and Yuasa Corporation) instrumental in building the foundation of storage batteries in Japan. We have brought together the traditions and experience of both to develop our core battery business which are for Motorcycle, Automotive, and Industrial usage, as well as business in power supply systems, lighting equipment, specialty equipment and other special devices, expanding our valuable brands “YUASA”‚ GS, and “GS YUASA”
With a history of excellence stretching back nearly 100 years, GS Yuasa is the world’s leading motorcycle battery manufacturer. Such is the pedigree of the world’s leading brand that it is fitted to major motorcycles at manufacture and the company’s aftermarket range can fully match the original batteries for power, performance and reliability.
With over 150 types available, GS Yuasa provides like-for-like OEM replacement batteries for all motorcycles across the globe encompassing classic vehicles right up to the latest models.
At the forefront of lead acid battery technology since the early part of the 20th century, GS Yuasa embraces new developments, applying research and investing in modern production plants to meet the increasing demands of a power hungry world. Yuasa battery is the number one motorcycle battery choice for the global OEM and replacement markets and a leader in automotive and industrial batteries. Yuasa batteries are available worldwide through a global network of GS Yuasa affiliates and appointed distributors.
For information please visit
www.gs-yuasa.com/us | www.yuasaeurope.com
Yutaka Giken makes contribution to brake discs localization for global Honda motorcycles as a global supplier.
Yutaka Giken has developed strong and durable brake discs that also meet the increasingly tough demand for light-weight products. We continuously develop and supply products that will satisfy our customers.
Using experience in racing, which we started in 2004, we were able to reduce judder, and improve braking performance, in addition to our existing weight-saving technology. We applied these constantly improving race-proven technologies to mass-produced brake discs.
While keeping up with the improving performance of motorcycles, Yutaka Giken’s high-quality low-cost brake discs have earned recognition and trust among the market and our customers.
For information please visit www.yutakagiken.co.jp/en/