Decade Defining: Marc Marquez’s ten years with the Repsol Honda Team
2022 will see the iconic Marc Marquez enter his tenth season with the stalwart Repsol Honda Team, chasing their seventh World Championship title together.
Since joining the premier class in 2013, Marc Marquez and the Repsol Honda Team have continued to write MotoGP history. Marquez joined the team alongside Dani Pedrosa and quickly made an impression – finishing third on his MotoGP debut in Qatar. Victory would come at just the second race of the season, Marquez becoming the youngest premier class winner at 20 years and 63 days old when he took the first of his seven wins at the Americas GP. With four straight wins in Germany, Laguna Seca, Indianapolis and Brno, the Repsol Honda Team and Marquez set their sights on the title and achieved their target in Valencia, Marquez becoming the youngest premier class World Champion at 20 years and 266 days old, taking the record from fellow Honda Legend Freddie Spencer.
Over the following seasons Marquez continued to grow and develop as a rider inside the Repsol Honda Team, enjoying a number of memorable victories while also taking important lessons from the hard races and difficult seasons. This adaptability has been key to both parties remaining at the forefront of the MotoGP World Championship for such a long period. In 2022, Marquez is looking to overcome two difficult years interrupted by injury and return to consistently battling at the front. Crossing the threshold of 100 premier class podiums, becoming just the fourth rider to do so, is the first record on the line in the new year.
Other accolades achieved during Marquez’s ten years with the Repsol Honda Team include becoming the first rider to win 13 premier class Grands Prix in a single season (2014), where he also became the first rider since 1970 to win ten straight premier class races. The 2013 and 2014 seasons also saw the #93 become the youngest ever back-to-back premier class World Champion at 21 years and 237 days old. More recently, Marquez earned the most points in a single premier class season – 420 during his domination of the 2019 campaign.
To date Marc Marquez and the Repsol Honda Team have achieved 62 poles, 99 podiums, 59 wins and six World Championships together – the defining force in the last ten years of Grand Prix motorcycle racing. Motivation and ambition remains as high as ever for the combination as they aim to celebrate their decade together in the best way possible, winning the World Championship once again.
Marquez has also cemented himself as a landmark rider in Honda’s history and sits as the Honda rider with the most premier class wins, most Honda wins across all classes as well as being the outright premier class pole record holder – four ahead of fellow Repsol Honda Team great Mick Doohan. Only Dani Pedrosa has spent more time inside the Repsol Honda Team, having raced in the iconic colours for 13 years.
The 2022 MotoGP World Championship begins on Sunday, March 06 in Qatar with Free Practice 1 starting the season on Friday, March 04. Marc Marquez’s 93 will once again adorn the front fairing of the Repsol Honda Team RC213V.