Marc Marquez and Honda Part Ways
Marc Marquez is rumored to be making a move to Gresini Racing placing him on a Ducati for the 2024 MotoGP season. Marquez has been unhappy at Honda this year. The first half of the season was plagued with multiple crashes and multiple zero points finishes. In part it feels like Marquez may just want a change after one of his worst MotoGP seasons ever.
Honda Racing Corporation Released the Following Statement
“Honda Racing Corporation and Marc Marquez have mutually elected to terminate their four-year contract prematurely at the end of the 2023 MotoGP World Championship season.
With a year still remaining on the four-year contract between HRC and Marc Marquez, both parties have mutually agreed to end their collaboration upon completion of the 2023 MotoGP World Championship season. Both parties agreed it was in their best interests to each pursue other avenues in the future to best achieve their respective goals and targets.
This brings an end to 11 years of collaboration between the #93 and HRC in which they achieved six premier class World Championships, five Triple Crowns, 59 wins, 101 podiums and 64 pole positions together.
Marquez took his debut victory in the premier class aboard the Honda RC213V at the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas in 2013 to become the youngest premier class winner and would become the youngest premier class World Champion later that year. In 2014 he defended his title and won the opening 10 consecutive races of year, going on to also claim titles in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 as an HRC rider with the Repsol Honda Team.
Both parties will continue to give their full support for the remaining rounds of the 2023 MotoGP World Championship season. HRC wish Marc Marquez the best in his future endeavors.”
Marquez to Gresini?
Marquez is rumored to be joining Gresini Racing where he would share a garage with his brother Alex Marquez. We can imagine that this was a strong factor in his decision to leave Honda as the two haven’t raced for the same team in MotoGp since 2020 when Alex Marquez filled in for Jorge Lorenzo who retired at the end of the 2019 season. Gresini has not yet publicly confirmed this move however. The move would end an 11 year stent at Honda. We will stand by for the official press release from Gresini if this deal is true.