These are HRC’s guidelines for 2023 for its MotoGP structure. An approach that will be made public in the coming weeks, “between Red Bull Ring and Misano”, our interlocutor assured us. This will close the question marks that have been hanging over the future of Honda’s factory team in the GGPP for months.
The delay in the renewal of the Repsol/Honda partnership – the two companies have been together since 1995 – generated speculation about a possible exit of the Spanish energy company in favor of Petronas, the Malaysian giant in the same sector. But no, that will not be the case, Honda’s bikes will not change colors in 2023 or 2024…. good news.
As for Marc Marquez’s teammate in this period, the replacement of Pol Espargaro by Joan Mir is confirmed. After two seasons without having achieved the expected results, the rider from Granollers will leave the Honda structure to return to KTM. A return that will be officially announced next weekend on the occasion of the Austrian GP.
In 2023 his place in the Team Repsol Honda box will be taken by Joan Mir, who will arrive from the dismantled Suzuki team. Speculation had been going on for months, but weeks went by without official confirmation. This should be made public between the Austrian and San Marino races. After weeks of negotiations, the outlines of the agreement have been finalized. The details have yet to be finalized, but barring a last minute cataclysm, Joan Mir will be a Repsol Honda rider at the start of next season.
It has been the economic terms that have delayed the agreement. While Honda’s negotiators sought to make the most of the oversupply of riders on the market following Suzuki’s resignation from the World Championship, the other side defended Mir’s status as a double World Champion. In fact, at one point, his representative publicly sent the message -not specifically to Honda- that Mir was not willing to race renouncing to a minimum that he understood corresponded to his status. The alternative was to hang up his overalls and stay at home.
In the end both parties have understood each other -we know that Joan’s option was the best seen in Repsol-, and so Honda will have in the next two seasons in its factory team with two MotoGP World Champions, who between them add up to a whopping ten world titles if we add those won in the lower categories.