Repsol and Honda to stay together till 2017
Snapshot: The special partnership that went into its twentieth year this season will get extended till 2017 with a new three year contract
The title sponsor of the factory Honda team in MotoGP has decided to extend its special bonding with the Japanese manufacturer for three more years. This also makes theirs the longest running partnership in the world of motorsport. The Repsol Honda has made a following across the world not only in the motorsport world, but also outside of it.
The collaboration took place for the first time in 1995 which further scaled new heights in the racing world. Together, they have won 10 rider championships, 133 MotoGP wins, 354 podium finishes and 152 fastest laps on different circuits. They have also won the constructor championships 6 times after it was introduced in 2002 for the first time. Mick Doohan won the championships between 1995 and 1998, Valentino Rossi in 2002 and 2003, Nicky Haden in 2006, Casey Stoner in 2011 and Marc Marquez in 2013.
MotoGP has helped Repsol developing world-class products as catering to something as demanding as MotoGP needs a very high level of expertise and skills. This bonding is also very unique as the era in which these two companies came together was of 500cc two-stroke racing machine which later were replaced by the four-strokers in 2002.
Commenting on this development Mr. Shuhei Nakamoto, Executive Vice President, Honda Racing Corporation said, "There is no better moment to celebrate this renewal, after a fantastic 1-2 finish in Germany and now we’re 1-2 in the Championship. We are very happy to extend our partnership with Repsol, which is not only a sponsorship agreement but key technical relationship. With the new 20 litre fuel rules in 2014, we have worked closely with Repsol and we are proud to share our successes both now and in the future!"
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