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Honda Racing Corporation Renews Contract with Marc Marquez until End of 2016

Tokyo, May 15, 2014 - (JCN Newswire) - Honda Racing Corporation is pleased to announce the renewal of the contract with 2013 World Champion, Marc Marquez, for a further two years.

After winning the 125cc class of the FIM Road Racing World Championship in 2010 and the Moto2 class championship title in 2012, the young Spaniard took the MotoGP world by storm winning the championship in his rookie season last year. It was a priority for HRC to re-sign the young sensation who has won every race so far this season - all from pole positions. Since joining the Factory outfit - the Repsol Honda Team - Marc has finished on the podiums in all but two of his twenty-two MotoGP races. He has taken 10 victories, six second's and four third's. He has also accumulated 13 pole positions in the premier class.

He arrives at this weekend's French GP leading the Rider's Championship by 28 points after just four rounds.

Marc Marquez

"I am very happy to announce my renewal with HRC. I had always dreamed about being part of the Repsol Honda Team, and thanks to Honda, the dream came true a year and a half ago. Everything happened very quickly last season, and I would have never imagined that I could achieve what we did. Becoming World Champion during my first s eason was another dream turned into reality. It is a great honor to be a part of the Honda family, and I'm glad to remain with this special group of people for another two seasons."

Shuhei Nakamoto, Executive Vice President of Honda Racing Corporation

"We are very satisfied to have reached an agreement to keep Marc in the team for a further two seasons. Of course, as Honda, we wanted to keep Marc in our family, and he also wanted to stay with us so... it was natural to renew the contract even if it is very early in the season! He is enjoying a fantastic start to 2014 and even though he is still learning, his ability to absorb information and adapt to the machine is remarkable."

Marc Marquez's World Championship Statistics:

Starts: 22
Podiums: 20 (10 x 1st, 6 x 2nd, 4 x 3rd)
Pole Positions: 13
Fastest Race Laps: 13
World Champion: 2013

Starts: 32
Podiums: 25 (16 x 1st, 6 x 2nd, 3 x 3rd)
Pole Positions: 14
Fastest Race Laps: 7
World Champion: 2012

Starts: 46
Podiums: 14 (10 x 1st, 4 x 3rd)
Pole Positions: 14
Fastest Race Laps: 9
World Champion: 2010

About Honda

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (TSE:7267/NYSE:HMC) is one of the leading manufacturers of automobiles and power products and the largest manufacture of motorcycles in the world. Honda has always sought to provide genuine satisfaction to people worldwide. The result is more than 120 manufacturing facilities in 30 countries worldwide, producing a wide range of products, including motorcycles, ATVs, generators, marine engines, lawn and garden equipment and automobiles that bring the company into contact with over 19 million customers annually. For more information, please visit http://world.honda.com.

Source: Honda

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