Thursday, 20 June 2019

MotoGP: Honda Wants Marc Marquez For The Next 10 Years

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Honda Want Long-Term Marc Marquez Deal.

Honda vice-president Shuhei Nakamoto wants to secure the future of double MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez for the next 10 years.

Having been crowned world champion in his rookie season, Marquez secured a second successive crown with a second-place finish at Sunday's Grand Prix of Japan.

Marquez dominated the first half of the 2014 season, winning the first 10 races for Repsol Honda, and Nakamoto says the team hope to have the 21-year-old on their books for years to come.

"I will be happy if he wants to stay five or 10 more years, but it is always possible to leave," Nakamoto is quoted as saying to Marca.

"I do not want him to leave, but do not know what will happen. Of course I will try to keep him."

"The Honda family is like a marriage: we love him, but do not know if he loves us."

Nakamoto went on to admit that Marquez's sensational start to the season, and his desire to keep improving, had come as a shock.

"The thing that has surprised me this year were the results," he added.

"In recent years, Yamaha were more or less on par."

"But at first, it seemed that Honda would win all races."

"He (Marquez) has shown me that he is still growing, and that also surprised me."

"Last year he was a rookie, he did not know these bikes, but this year he continues to grow."

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Marc Márquez i Alentà (born 17 February 1993) is a Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and current MotoGP world champion.

He is one of four riders to have won world championship titles in three different categories, after Mike Hailwood, Phil Read and Valentino Rossi.

Márquez won the 2010 125cc World Championship, the 2012 Moto2 World Championship, and the 2013 MotoGP World Championship.

Márquez became the first rider since Kenny Roberts in 1978 to accomplish the premier class title in his first season, and the youngest to win the title overall.

He defended his title, winning the 2014 championship with three rounds to spare.

He is the older brother of Moto3 racer Álex Márquez.

The 2014 season started well for Márquez producing fastest times on all 3 days of the first Malaysian test.

He then suffered a broken right leg and was unable to take part in the second Malaysian test or the Phillip Island Tyre test.

The first race of the season was held at Losail in Qatar.

Márquez progressed steadily through the events practice sessions and showed strong pace on Saturday afternoon to take pole position.

During the race he made an average start dropping to 4th place on lap 1, Márquez gradually worked his way to the front of the race and enduring a tense battle with Valentino Rossi for the 2nd half of the race, ultimately winning by 0.259 seconds.

He also went on to win the next five rounds in Austin, Termas de Río Hondo, Jerez, Le Mans, and Mugello, all from pole position.

At the Catalan Grand Prix, Márquez failed to take pole position – qualifying third after crashing during the session – but after holding off attacks from team-mate Pedrosa, and Yamaha pairing Jorge Lorenzo and Rossi, Márquez was able to win his seventh race in a row, extending his championship lead to 58 over Rossi.

With younger brother Álex winning the earlier Moto3 race, the Márquez brothers became the first siblings to win Grand Prix world championship races on the same day.

The brothers repeated the feat at the Dutch TT two weeks later.

At the Sachsenring, Márquez again won the race, thereby becoming the youngest rider to win nine races in a row in the premier class.

With a tenth successive victory coming at Indianapolis, Márquez became the third rider to achieve such a feat in the premier class, after Mick Doohan and Giacomo Agostini.

Márquez suffered his first defeat of the season at Brno, but won the following race at Silverstone, defeating Jorge Lorenzo.

At Misano, Márquez crashed while battling for the race lead with Valentino Rossi; he remounted and – with a last-lap retirement for Aleix Espargaró – was able to score one championship point.

Márquez and Pedrosa crashed in heavy rain late in the race at Aragon and finished 13th and 14th, with Lorenzo winning his first race of the year after he stopped earlier from third position to change to his wet-setup motorcycle.