Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez: Six-time world champion mutually terminates contract with Honda

Marc MarquezMarquez has ridden for Honda since the start of his career in the MotoGP class

Marc Marquez will leave Honda at the end of the season after 11 years and six MotoGP titles at the team.

The Spaniard, 30, who joined Honda in 2013, has not won a title in four years and has one year left on his contract.

“Both parties agreed it was in their best interests to each pursue other avenues in the future to best achieve their respective goals and targets,” said Honda.

“We shared unforgettable moments,” said Marquez.

“Six World Championships, five Triple Crowns, 59 victories, 101 podiums and 64 poles. Hard work, determination and bond we have built over the years.

“Laughs, tears, joys, hard moments, but most importantly: a unique and unrepeatable relationship. Separated, but always together!”

Marquez became the youngest MotoGP champion of all time in 2013, winning the title in his first year of premier racing.

He then dominated MotoGP from 2016-2019 – winning the series four years in a row by beating riders of the calibre of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, who have secured a combined 14 world titles.

Since then he has battled injuries and challenges with his RC213V bike, finishing just four races this season.

Marquez is expected to join his brother Alex at Gresini Ducati next year.

Analysis

BBC Radio 5 Live’s Victoria Turner

This truly is the end of an era – Marc Marquez and Honda. One of the most successful partnerships in motorsport.

No other rider in the history of MotoGP has won more races for the Japanese manufacturer – a total of 59.

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This news was not unexpected as rumours have been circulating around the paddock for some time that the Spaniard would leave his contract a year earlier than planned, after struggling with the RC213V bike and missing five of the 14 races so far this season through injury.

When I spoke to Marquez in August he recalled a “nightmare” three years with many people telling him “it is time to stop”. But the 30-year-old seemed positive about his future and his passion still remains – he even finished on the podium during the last round in Japan, his first since 2022.

It appears the fight to win titles is still there with Marquez being linked to ride alongside his brother, but there is still one goal that has eluded him so far – equalling the record held by his former rival Valentino Rossi.

The Italian legend has nine world championships to Marquez’s eight (includes one 125cc and one Moto2 world title) – so could next season finally be his year? Well his fans will certainly hope so.”