Marc Marquez says he is happy with Repsol Honda and not looking to change teams.
The MotoGP world champion’s current contract expires in 2018 and there is speculation he could leave the team. He has spent his entire MotoGP career with Honda and rumours continue that KTM are interested in signing him for 2019. Red Bull, a major sponsor of the KTM MotoGP team, have been a personal sponsor of Marquez for many years.
Yet, Marquez says that he is happy with the Repsol Honda team and does not envisage leaving the team at the end of his current contract. With 4 world championships in five years with Honda, he remains motivated to win more titles with the team.
Movement in 2018
With many MotoGP riders out of contract next year, there could be some riders moving on from their current teams. The factory riders of Honda, Yamaha and Ducati are all out of contract and any moves there would have an impact on the rest of the grid. Valentino Rossi has said he will decide after the first few races whether he will sign a new contract, and this will impact on others on the grid. Johann Zarco will also be the focus of many teams attention after his stunning rookie season.
Speaking at a recent sponsor event in Madrid, Marquez said:
The motivation is the same as it’s always been: to improve and learn from the mistakes of the past. If I keep winning, my motivation will be the same. My dream was to ride with the best manufacturer and I’m living that dream. I’m not looking for extra motivation. I’m not missing any kind of incentives at the moment.When you jump into another manufacturer, it’s because you need it.