Honda has unveiled the Repsol Honda Team’s bikes for the 2022 MotoGP season. The team continues with the two riders from last season, Marc Marquez, eight-time World Champion, and Pol Espargaro, which enters his second year with the Repsol Honda Team.
They will ride the new 2022 RC213V machines, which brings a revised chassis, upgraded engine, new aero dynamics and a revised livery. The front air intake has a new shape, the top exhaust tip is megaphone-type, and the rear has a new tail.
Talking about colors and graphics, the new RC213V features a larger white area, in addition to a larger logo of the main sponsor Repsol. Much of the bike remains in the traditional orange color, including the wheels.
The team believes a lot in this new bike, and in the return in form of Marquez, in addition to a growth of Espargaro. They hope to get the top two positions by the end of the championship.
Marc Marquez: “Ten seasons already in MotoGP™ and ten seasons in the Repsol Honda Team is a dream. I mean it’s something I couldn’t imagine in my best dreams, of course also during these ten years we have achieved very good results, so for sure this is something special and I want to enjoy it. I know we will try to win the title to celebrate it well! My goal this year is to try and fight for the championship. We have started the season well already in Malaysia and now we prepare to head forward to this test in Mandalika and continue our preparations.”
Pol Espargaro: “I approach this season with more experience which at the end is one of the most important things in MotoGP™. We have just five days of testing and knowing already how the team is, how the bike is, what I’m going to find there is already something very important, very big. You know through the year with a new bike we are going to improve it and make it even greater, but I think that the beginning point is great, and I think that from Qatar on we will feel ready to fight for something great which is our target. Let’s keep working now in Indonesia.”
Tetsuhiro Kuwata (HRC Director): “I think it is the biggest change we have seen during the current regulation period. The concept of the 2022 machine is ‘break out of our shell’ to improve the performance so the whole of the machine is completely different from the last two years. We changed the engine, chassis, and the electronics with this concept. We already applied this new concept from the last year, and we have already checked the performance of the new machine concept and we could confirm that it works to improve our weak points. So, this 2022 machine has further evolutions with the same direction. Our target is always the same: winning the championship. But with this championship we always try to get first and second, that is our target with Honda riders.”
Ana Camps (Sponsoring Deputy Director – Repsol): “We are facing this season with great optimism and confidence, with all the human and technical capabilities to be one of the best teams of the championship. Fighting for excellence is part of Repsol’s DNA as a company, as it is for our partner HRC. Therefore, Repsol’s MotoGP™ sponsorship responds to a clear decision to use the most demanding competition as the best test bench to improve our products: our fuels and our lubricants.
“We are really excited with the season that begins and with what Marc can achieve. Even with everything new to him, Pol had excellent results such as pole position at the Silverstone GP or the fantastic podium at Misano, rounding out a Repsol Honda double victory with Marc Marquez. I would like to finish by wishing the Repsol Honda Team the very best for this season which is sure to be an exciting one where Repsol and HRC will continue to be two of its great protagonists.”
Anyway, the 2022 MotoGP season currently has 21 Grands Prix confirmed, and it will officially start on March 6th in Qatar. Before that, official tests are scheduled: February 11 in Indonesia (new circuit); and February 19 in Portugal.
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