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The Repsol Honda Team will be back to full strength for round three as Pol Espargaro is joined by Marc Marquez who makes his return from injury. Portimao debuted on the MotoGP World Championship calendar in 2020, producing a thrilling race and earning praise from fans and riders alike. Three Hondas ended the race inside the top ten with both Takaaki Nakagami and Stefan Bradl battling for podium and top five positions for much of the race. After falling during the Spanish GP on July 19, 2020 and breaking his right humerus, Marc Marquez has faced a lengthy recovery. The eight-time World Champion approached his recovery with complete dedication, diving into an intense physical regime with the approval of his medical team. Having assessed his condition on a Honda RC213V-S in Barcelona and Portimao, Marquez has now been approved by his medical team that he can return to racing. Source.
Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) announced that it has reached an agreement with 27-year-old Spanish rider Marc Márquez, currently competing in the FIM 1 MotoGP World Championship for HRC’s factory team 2 “Repsol Honda Team,” to extend their contract for four years starting in 2021.
In 2019, Honda will continue to compete in the premier classes of motorcycle road racing, Motocross and Trial world championships and the Dakar Rally 2019, with Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) factory teams*1 aiming to win the titles in each category.
FIM2 Road Racing World Championship Series MotoGP class, five-time champion and 2018 winner Marc Marquez will be joined by Jorge Lorenzo to race for Repsol Honda Team.
FIM Motocross World Championship Series MXGP class, 2016 champion Tim Gajser and Brian Bogers will continue to represent Team HRC.
The FIM Trial World Championship Series TrialGP class, twelve-time consecutive winner Toni Bou and Takahisa Fujinami in his 24th year in the championship will once again race for Repsol Honda Team.
In the Dakar Rally 2019, Kevin Benavides, Joan Barreda, Paulo Goncalves, Ricky Brabec and Jose Ignacio Cornejo will represent Monster Energy Honda Team.
In addition to Honda’s factory teams, major Honda teams will compete in major world championship in 2019.
In the FIM Superbike World Championship Series, HRC will support the team operated by Althea Racing and Moriwaki Engineering with Leon Camier and Ryuichi Kiyonari as their riders.
The FIM Endurance World Championship series, 2017-2018 winners F.C.C. TSR Honda France will continue to be represented by Freddy Foray and Josh Hook, with Mike Di Meglio also joining the team. Last season’s overall third-place team, Honda Endurance Racing, will continue their quest to win the EWC title.
In the 450SX class of the AMA*3 SuperCross World Championship Series held mainly in North America, American Honda’s factory team, Team Honda HRC, will continue with Ken Roczen and Cole Seely.
*1 Factory teams: Teams operated by motorcycle manufacturers
*2 FIM: Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme
*3 AMA: American Motorcyclist Association
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