October 21, 2018 - Marc Márquez, Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) contract and Repsol
Honda Team rider, has become world champion at Round 16 of the 2018 FIM* MotoGP World Championship, the MOTUL Grand Prix of Japan (held on October 21 at Twin RingMotegi in Tochigi prefecture, Japan), for the fifth time overall in his career and third consecutive year.
Márquez won his first MotoGP class championship in his debut year in 2013, with Honda’s factory team, Repsol Honda Team. Since then he has won the premier class championship in 2014, 2016 and 2017.
In his sixth MotoGP season, despite missing out on wins in the first two rounds, Márquez went on to win the following three, beginning with Round 3, the Grand Prix of The Americas. Up to the Grand Prix of Japan, his solid performance of five pole positions and seven wins has given him the championship with three rounds remaining.
"I feel absolutely great! The race went perfectly. I started from 6th grid, but our plan worked, and by the end of the first lap I was running 2nd and managed to take the fight to Dovi. The same as in Thailand, I made my move in the closing stages, and took the lead. When I saw the sign from the pits that Dovi crashed, I felt sorry for him but I knew I had won the championship, and it was a very, very happy feeling."
Takahiro Hachigo, President & Representative Director of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
“I send my most heartfelt congratulations to Marc Márquez who has continued his challenge at the pinnacle of motorcycle racing, and has been rewarded with his fifth championship title. I’m also delighted that he has secured the title at Honda’s home grand prix, in front of all of the fans and sponsors. Honda will continue to strive in bringing joy to its motor sports fans. I thank all of our supporters, all over the world.”
Yoshishige Nomura, President of Honda Racing Corporation
“Despite the expectations and pressure to win his third consecutive title, Marc Márquez has mesmerized his fans with an outstanding performance throughout the season. I congratulate Marc for another job well done. I would also like to thank the team for all of their support for him, our many sponsors who have supported our racing activities, and MotoGP fans all over the world for supporting the sport.”