Courtesy of MotoGP
Leading representatives of Repsol and Honda gathered in Spanish capital Madrid on Monday in order to celebrate two decades of partnership.
The Honda Factory team has raced under the Repsol banner since 1995, the year in which Australian Mick Doohan collected his second of five premier class world title.
Over the past two decades, the alliance has achieved no less than ten world titles, 124 individual race wins and 338 podium finishes. Monday’s gathering took place in Madrid’s Campus Repsol.
“It’s hard to explain what it feels like to see my bike here with other title-winning machines,” comments current World Champion Marc Marquez. “It is an honour to be part of the Repsol Honda Team and to be part of the team’s history with my World Championship. Joining this team was a dream come true. All my idols have come through the Repsol Honda Team. It was an opportunity that I had to make the most of and that is what I am doing. I enjoy every day to the fullest.”
Whereas Marquez joined last year, Dani Pedrosa has been part of the outfit since the start of 2006.
“The alliance of Repsol and Honda is very significant – it’s something of which many people are aware,” Pedrosa says. “If you talk about this team, you know that it is one of the most successful outfits of recent years. The nicest thing is that this union of entities has lasted 20 years. This continuity is something that you don’t see too often and I, personally, really like this aspect.”
Premier class World Champions with Repsol Honda Team:
– Mick Doohan 1995-98
– Alex Criville 1999
– Valentino Rossi 2001-03
– Nicky Hayden 2006
– Casey Stoner 2011
– Marc Marquez 2013