Entertainment MotoGP 2021: Honda presents Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro

14:50  22 february  2021
14:50  22 february  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Honda tritt 2021 mit Marc Marquez und Pol Espargaro an © HRC Honda competes with Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro in 2021

The Honda works team has presented the riders and motorcycles for the MotoGP season 2021. On Monday, Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro pulled the towels off their machines. The design with the main sponsors Repsol and Red Bull is practically unchanged from previous years.

Marc Marquez © HRC Marc Marquez

In 2021, the world's largest motorcycle manufacturer wants to get back on the road to success. Last year, the injury to Marquez meant that Honda had its first winless season since returning to the premier class in 1982.

Two second places from Alex Marquez were the best result. In the constructors' world championship, Honda slipped to fifth and penultimate place. To iron out this disgrace, test driver Stefan Bradl has already tested in Jerez over the past few weeks.

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Since engine development is frozen, Honda has to concentrate on detailed work in the areas of chassis, swing arm, damping and electronics. The focus was on handling the rear tire, as the drivers struggled in this area last season.

Pol Espargaro © HRC Pol Espargaro Marc Marquez does not name a date for a comeback

Honda's hopes are for the comeback of Marquez. Since the turn of the year, the six-time MotoGP world champion has been training to build up muscles in his right arm again. When the Spaniard will sit on the RC213V again was not confirmed during the presentation.

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"I can't say because I don't know," says Marquez. "Even the doctors don't know when I'll be ready. The important thing is that I feel better every day - not every day. I am optimistic that I will be able to drive again soon. I don't know the exact date yet."

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Should Marquez not be fit enough at the season opener at the end of March, substitute driver Bradl would step in again. For the Honda management, Andrea Dovizioso was never up for debate as a possible replacement driver .

A dream come true for Pol Espargaro

The works team has strengthened itself with Espargaro, who last raced for KTM for four years. Espargaro has not yet been able to test the Honda. At the beginning of March, there are only five test days left on the Losail circuit to be ready for the season opener on March 28th.

"Wearing these colors is incredible," raves about Espargaro . "For many years I have seen the best drivers in the world win titles and races with these colors. They represent fame and mean that you have everything in your hand."

"They mean you are where every rider wants to be successful and where all riders want to end up. I think I'll be joining the Repsol Honda team at the best time of my career. To be where you are at the right time want means that you are fulfilling a dream. "

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While Marquez has rewritten the history books, Espargaro is still waiting for his breakthrough in the premier class. He started from pole position twice and made it onto the podium six times with the KTM. The Moto2 World Champion from 2013 is still waiting for his first victory in the premier class.

For comparison, Marquez has won 56 of his 128 MotoGP races. This makes him the most successful Honda driver in history. The 28-year-old stood on the podium 95 times. There are also 62 pole positions and 57 fastest race laps.

Honda is the most successful brand in the motorcycle world championship. Across all classes, 801 victories and 72 constructors' world championships were won. In the premier class, Honda has 309 wins, the drivers 'championship 21 times, the constructors' championship 25 times and the team championship ten times (since 2002).

Honda will continue to attack MotoGP in the years to come. The contract with promoter Dorna was recently extended for the period from 2022 to 2026.

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