STAR MotoGP rider Marc Marquez has re-committed to the factory Honda squad, with the four-time world champion signing a two-year contract extension with the Japanese manufacturer.
Marquez, 25, will continue to race with Honda for 2019 after a rapid rise since joining the premier class five years ago.
The Spaniard, who became the youngest world champion in 2013, has won four of the past five MotoGP titles.
Marquez said he was excited to continue to race for Honda’s factory team.
“I appreciate how Honda and the team always do their best to provide me with everything I need. I would also like to thank everyone who has given me such warm support over the years,” he said.
“The first two official tests went well and, with my contract renewed, I can focus on racing in the new season. I will continue to enjoy racing, share my joy with everybody and do my best to reach our shared goals.”
HRC President Yoshishige Nomura said Marquez “consistently pushed himself to the limit” and had matured as a rider since joining Honda
Nomura added that the contract renewal was agreed to so early because of a “mutual trust” and “common passion for racing”.
“I am certain that we can provide an environment for him to concentrate on the final tests in Qatar this week and in the lead-up to the opening round, and that we can start the 2018 season strongly,” Nomura said.
“HRC will continue its challenge with Marquez, a vital rider in the future of MotoGP.”