“We’ve been competing in the World Cup since 1959 and won our 800th grand prix last year,” said Honda Motorbike Director Noriaki Abe. “We think MotoGP is very important to our motorsport activities.” The commitment has therefore been extended until the end of 2026.
Spanish motorcycle racer Marc Márquez, six-time world champion in MotoGP, rides for the Honda factory team. The Japanese also have a team in the premier class.
Honda announced in October that it will leave Formula 1 at the end of 2021, partly as a result of the corona crisis. The Japanese supply the engines to AlphaTauri and Red Bull, Max Verstappen’s racing stable. The manufacturer wants to focus more on sustainability in the coming years and the Formula 1 activities no longer fit into that.
Last month, Red Bull reached an agreement with Honda about taking over the engines. The racing stable wants to maintain the power sources in-house, provided that the international motorsport federation FIA includes a ban on the further development of the current engines in its regulations.
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