- Honda joins designers Ducati and KTM in extending the MotoGP deal
- The Japanese manufacturer’s involvement in motorcycle racing goes back to 1954
Honda will remain in MotoGP until the end of the 2026 season after signing a five-year extension with Dorna Sports, the owner of the commercial rights to the global motorcycle series.
The Japanese manufacturer has been involved in motorcycle racing since joining the Isle of Man TT in 1954. Since then, Honda has achieved 850 podiums and 25 drivers’ championships in the premier MotoGP class alone, more than any other brand in history.
Honda is the third MotoGP constructor to renew its ties to the series after Ducati and KTM inked up extensions last month, also through 2026.
“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,” said Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna.
“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.”
Noriaki Abe, Managing Officer, Motorcycle Operations, Honda added, “MotoGP is the pinnacle of motorcycle racing – it allows us to develop different technologies and, in the face of tough competition, train our engineers and develop 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. “
As Honda enters the new year and has reiterated its commitment to MotoGP, the company will begin its final season in Formula 1, at least for the foreseeable future. Last October, Honda announced, citing its sustainability goals, that it would end the sport after the 2021 campaign.