MotoGP: Honda commit to MotoGP until 2026

Published on February 5, 2021
By Short Shift News

Today, Honda Racing Corporation and Dorna Sports S.L announced that the Japanese manufacturer would remain on the MotoGP grid until 2026.

Honda will remain on the MotoGP grid as they confirm their contract extension which will see them compete in MotoGP until 2026.

Honda, the most successful manufacturer in MotoGP history has won the title 20 times – most recently with Marc Marquez in 2019 and has claimed more than 800 race victories and 25 rider world titles in the premier class.

Noriaki Abe, Managing Officer, Motorcycle Operations, Honda Motor Co., Ltd:

“First, I would like to express my respect and gratitude to Carmelo Ezpeleta and everyone at Dorna Sports for their hard work in organizing races during the COVID-19 pandemic.

I am very pleased that we have renewed our contract to compete in MotoGP from 2022 to 2026. Honda has been competing in the FIM Grand Prix World Championship since 1959, and won its 800th grand prix last year. Honda believes MotoGP racing is vital to our motorsports activities. 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.
With these engineers working on the development of production vehicles, Honda can create better products for its customers. Honda will continue to bring dreams and joy to its customers worldwide through its motorsports activities, including MotoGP.”

Carmelo Ezpeleta | CEO, Dorna Sports S.L.

“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. 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.”

Honda’s 2020 campaign was jeopardised after Marc Marquez broke his arm, and it is still unsure whether the Spaniard will be on the grid in Qatar, which will host the opening two races, starting with the season opener on March, 28. Takaaki Nakagami and new team-mate Alex Marquez will fly the Honda flag for the LCR Team.

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