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Honda MotoGP squad “would be the staff of my life”, says Marquez

Lewis Duncan Dec 31, 2023, 12:45 PM Upd: Jan 3, 2024, 7:33 AM The eight-time grand prix world champion will race for Gresini Ducati next season, after a miserable 2023 campaign forced him into leaving Honda with a year still left on his contract. Marquez has raced every year of his MotoGP career with Honda

Honda MotoGP squad “would be the staff of my life”, says Marquez

Lewis Duncan

Lewis Duncan

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The eight-time grand prix world champion will race for Gresini Ducati subsequent season, after a depressing 2023 marketing campaign compelled him into leaving Honda with a 12 months nonetheless left on his contract.

Marquez has raced yearly of his MotoGP profession with Honda, starting together with his debut in 2013, and collectively they’ve gained six premier class titles and notched up 59 wins.

Since making the announcement that he will probably be leaving Honda, Marquez has by no means closed himself off from the prospect of returning sooner or later – although in Valencia in November conceded this “is not going to solely be my determination”.

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“I by no means wish to shut the doorways,” he mentioned, when requested if returning to Honda was a consideration for him if the circumstances throughout the producer improved.

“For that purpose, I say previously in some interviews, and I’ll say once more: the connection with Honda has been wonderful and after we determined to vary our journeys, to complete our relationship, it was as a result of each events agreed.

“We’ve got full respect with that as a result of I don’t wish to put the state of affairs into a really crucial second as a result of I prefer to have the door open to Honda.

“I say, and perhaps the opposite producers gained’t wish to pay attention, however Honda would be the staff of my life, of my profession.

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Staff

“I achieved six world titles and plenty of victories. I can’t obtain this with one other producers, these numbers.

“Honda will at all times be essentially the most particular staff in my coronary heart however we’ll see if we will cross once more our futures. It is not going to solely be my determination.”

Marquez’s place at Honda in 2024 will probably be taken by Luca Marini, who signed a two-year cope with the Japanese marque.

Joan Mir raved in regards to the 2024 Honda dropped at the Valencia take a look at after the season, noting that it was the primary time he tried one thing on the RC213V that really labored.

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Marquez’s Ducati debut on the take a look at ended with him simply 0.171s off the tempo in fourth on the timesheets.

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