Repsol and Honda Racing Corporation have extended their MotoGP contract in MotoGP for an additional two years through 2020, continuing their technical alliance as the partnership marks its 25th anniversary in motorcycle racing in 2019.
Since joining forces in 1995, Repsol and HRC have won 13 rider World Championships in the premier class and taken 163 Grand Prix wins, the most recent coming this at the Dutch TT through Marc Marquez.
Repsol’s executive managing director of communications and the chairman’s office, Begoña Elices, and HRC president Yoshishige Nomura signed the extension, through which Repsol will continue to be the main sponsor of the Honda factory team in MotoGP and the supplier of the fuel and lubricant used by their bikes.
“We’re delighted to announce the extension of our partnership with Repsol for two more years,” Nomura said. “Next season will mark the 25th anniversary of the longest and most successful relationship of this kind in MotoGP, an achievement that gives us great joy and pride. During this period, we have successfully faced together the many exciting challenges posed by the rapid evolution of technology, the ever-increasing level of racing competition, the growth of the worldwide MotoGP audience in traditional and new markets, and the fast-changing means of communicating with fans.
“We look forward to continuing this journey together, with the same spirit and goals, and to achieving many more successes.”
More than half of the premier class world titles won since 1995 have gone to the Repsol Honda team. The collaboration has seen seven team championship wins since the award was created in 2002. A record 163 wins and 419 podiums in 500cc and MotoGP has been reached thanks to riders such as Mick Doohan, Alex Criville, Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden, Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez.
The 25th anniversary of Repsol and Honda’s relationship in 2019 coincides with the 50th anniversary of the energy company as a sports sponsor.