MADRID — Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo were joined by Repsol Honda Team legends Mick Doohan and Alex Crivillé Wednesday at Repsol’s headquarters to both celebrate the 25th anniversary of the team and unveil its 2019 livery.
Having taken eight of the last nine world championships in the premier class, Marc Márquez and Jorge Lorenzo form a perfect team to celebrate the 25th anniversary of HRC and Repsol joining forces.
The first riders to run in the now iconic colors, Doohan and Crivillé shared their memories from 1995 onward.
The riders were joined on stage by Tetsuhiro Kuwata, Honda Racing Corp. Director, and Antonio Brufau, CEO of Repsol. Both men outlined and emphasized their plans for continual success.
Carmelo Ezpleta – the CEO of Dorna and Begoña Elices, the General Director of Communications and board member at Repsol – were also in attendance.
From the Honda NSR500 of Doohan and Crivillé to the RC213V of Marquez and now Lorenzo, HRC machines have taken 168 victories in the premier class, 14 world championships, 427 podiums, 182 fastest laps and 177 pole positions together with Repsol, forming not only the most iconic pairing in Grand Prix racing, but also the most successful.
Among these accolades, the Repsol Honda Team also produced four dominating titles for Doohan, the first Spanish 500cc world champion in Alex Crivillé (1999) and the youngest MotoGP champion in history in Márquez.
Now they celebrate their 25th anniversary and aim for even more success in the future.
“It is a privilege to be part of the family that is the Repsol Honda team,” Marquez said. “When I was young and when I watched races from the sofa at my house I wanted to be here wearing these colours. It was a privilege to start collaborating with Repsol and have their support in the Spanish Championship and, later, to work with them in the World Championship.
“And now I’m here, helping Repsol and Honda win more titles, making their history even more successful. It’s something that makes me very happy,” he added. “When I was in Moto2 I knew that I wanted to ride for Repsol Honda and I wanted to win the MotoGP title. That’s why, when journalists ask me if I’m going to change teams, I think ‘why would I change if I’m already part of this incredible team?’ Here we are a family, the relationship with Repsol and Honda is fantastic and this is something very important for achieving our goals year after year. I hope that by the end of 2019 we can celebrate something beautiful together.”