© 2021, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. From a Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) press release:
Honda extends MotoGP commitment
Honda will continue to build on its illustrious history in Grand Prix racing as it signs an agreement with Dorna Sports SL for the next five years, from 2022 to 2026.
A journey that began in 1954 when Honda founder Soichiro Honda announced that it would take part in the Isle of Man TT, the most important motorcycle racing sport of the time, with the aim of becoming the best in the world. On this trip so far 100 different riders have won on Honda machines and collected over 800 victories in all categories. In the premier class alone, Honda has achieved 850 podiums and 25 drivers’ world championships, more than any other brand in history.
The journey will continue for at least five more years as Honda has agreed with commercial rights holder and serial sponsor Dorna Sports SL to guarantee their launch spot through 2026.
Noriaki Abe | General Manager, Motorcycle Operations, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
“First of all, I would like to express my respect and gratitude to Carmelo Ezpeleta and everyone at Dorna Sports for their hard work organizing races during the COVID-19 pandemic.
I am very happy that we have extended our MotoGP contract from 2022 to 2026. Honda has competed in the FIM Grand Prix World Championship since 1959 and won its 800th Grand Prix last year. Honda believes MotoGP racing is vital to our motorsport activities. MotoGP is the pinnacle of motorcycle racing – it enables us to develop various technologies and, in the face of tough competition, to teach our engineers and promote their skills. With these engineers working on the development of production vehicles, Honda can create better products for its customers. Honda will continue to bring dreams and joy to customers around the world through its motorsport activities, including MotoGP. “
Carmelo Ezpeleta | CEO, Dorna Sports SL
“This important announcement makes MotoGP very proud, as Honda is one of the first names that comes to mind when we think of motorcycle racing. The Japanese manufacturer has been such an important part of the past, present and future of the FIM MotoGP World Championship and this renewal strengthens the engagement between the two parties even more. “