Spanish petrochemical company Repsol will terminate their sponsorship deal with the Honda MotoGP team after the 2024 season, marking the end of one of the longest and most recognisable partnerships in motorsport.

By Nida Anis

Repsol first joined forces with Honda in 1995, with the Spanish company’s logo appearing on the liveries of Mick Doohan and Alex Criville’s motorcycles. The two brands’ 30-year-long uninterrupted partnership has seen them achieve 15 championship victories, 183 race wins, and 455 podiums.

Cracks started to show at the end of 2023 after six-time MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez departed the team. Anticipating reduced media exposure, Repsol activated a contract clause that allowed them to reduce their financial contribution and presence on the Honda MotoGP team’s bikes.

Marquez’s departure from Honda had also led to the loss of other key partners. This included Austrian energy drinks company Red Bull, who moved to Ducati satellite team Gresini Racing alongside the Spaniard.

Honda is currently in last place in the MotoGP Constructors’ Standings with only 19 points to championship leader Ducati’s 204. With the Japanese manufacturer having only achieved a best race result of 12th in the first six rounds, they face a challenge ahead of them as the season progresses.

Repsol eyeing a more sustainable image

Repsol’s departure from Honda does not necessarily mean the end of their time in MotoGP, as the Spanish company is reportedly interested in doing this by becoming one of the suppliers of the sustainable fuels that are being adopted by the premier tier of motorcycle racing.

The new 2024 MotoGP regulations stipulate that all teams must use 40% non-fossil fuels, with this increasing to 100% when the new Technical Regulations are introduced in 2027.

Header photo credit: Honda MotoGP Team

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