HRC-Honda hat heute offiziell bestätigt, dass Pol Espargaro 2021 und 2022 die MotoGP-WM im Repsol Honda-Werksteam an der Seite von Marc Marquez bestreiten wird. Die wenigen Zeilen im O-Ton:
HRC sign Pol Espargaro »Honda Racing Corporation are pleased to announce the signing of Pol Espargaro. The former Moto2 World Champion will join the Repsol Honda Team on a two-year contract. He will join eight-time World Champion Marc Marquez aboard the Honda RC213V. Espargaro is one of the most experienced riders on the grid, having raced in the World Championship since 2006 and with 104 premier class Grands Prix contested.«
Gleichzeitig wird per Media-Aussendung bestätigt, dass Alex Marquez 2021/2022 im LCR Honda Team fahren wird, anstatt Cal Crutchlow, dem zum Abschied jener Saison, die kommendes WE in Jerez endlich beginnt, freundliche Worte des Danks mit auf den Weg gegeben werden.
HRC extend agreement with Alex Marquez Honda Racing Corporation are proud to announce the renewal of Alex Marquez, extending his current agreement until the end of 2022. During 2020, the former Moto3 and Moto2 World Champion will race in the premier class aboard his Honda RC213V in the Repsol Honda Team. After winning the title in the middleweight class, Marquez has a whole season ahead to gain experience and make progress in HRC’s long term project, which sees the 24-year old Spanish rider join the LCR Honda Team at the end of 2020.
HRC would like to extend their thanks to Cal Crutchlow for his diligent and tireless work since joining HRC in 2015. With three wins and 12 podiums, the British rider has been a valuable asset on and off track – a constant source of excellent feedback for the engineers and a key part of developing the Honda RC213V in recent years. HRC wish him all the best in his future endeavours.
Alex Marquez »I am very proud to announce my renewal with Honda Racing Corporation. HRC gave me the opportunity to arrive in MotoGP and I am glad to join the LCR Honda Team at the end of 2020 and compete in a big team with great experience in MotoGP. I want to thank HRC and the LCR Honda Team for their trust in me to be able to continue in the Honda family and I will work hard to prove their confidence with results. Now, I am eager to start the season in Jerez and I am completely focused to give my best this year.«
Yoshishige Nomura, HRC President: »HRC are happy to continue working with Alex Marquez through the learning process in the MotoGP category for the next two seasons. After deep consideration and a thorough analysis of the current situation, we believe Alex has a great opportunity to grow in the premier class with full factory support inside the LCR Honda Team. We believe that by following this path over the next three seasons, we will achieve the results both HRC and Alex look for.”
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