Este año queremos volver a luchar con los de delante y dar un buen espectáculo a los aficionados de todo el mundo
For the fourth consecutive year, the Repsol Honda Team have unveiled their project for the season in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. The Asian country has a huge MotoGP fanbase, and riders Marc Márquez and Dani Pedrosa were welcomed like heroes upon their arrival, before unveiling the bikes with which they will compete this season in the premier class.
The current World Champion and his teammate travelled to Jakarta directly from Thailand, where last Sunday they completed a successful three-day test. They were accompanied by Tetsuiro Kuwata, Director of HRC, and Alberto Puig, the newly appointed Team Manager, at an event that was broadcast live by Box Repsol through Facebook Live.
The next time Márquez and Pedrosa will be onboard their Honda MotoGP bikes will be for the last preseason test of the year, which runs from March 1st-3rd in Qatar.
“It’s a real pleasure to once again be in Indonesia for our team launch because this is an important country for Honda and MotoGP. We’ve been here in Jakarta on many occasions, so it already seems very familiar to me! There are a lot of fans who make us feel very welcome, and it’s good to be able to reward their support by coming here and dedicating some time to them. We’ve already done two tests this winter, and they both went quite well. We’ll also work hard in Qatar, in order to put it all together and be ready for the coming season. We want to fight at the front again this year, and to put on a good show for our fans here and around the world.”
“When you see how much people in Jakarta love MotoGP, it’s easy to understand why we came here again for our team launch. From a rider’s point of view, it’s great to see the fans enjoying our sport so much, and to share our own passion. We also had another very good welcome just a few days ago in Thailand, where we had a positive test. So far everything seems to be going well enough, though we’ll understand better where we really are when we’re in Qatar, where the conditions will be quite different. I’m proud to start another season with the Repsol Honda Team, and I’m ready to give 100% to try and fight at the top.”
HRC Director, Gral. Mgr. Race Operations Manager Div.
“For the fourth time, we’re officially presenting our team in Indonesia, and once again the beautiful city of Jakarta has welcomed us to what truly feels like home. For this we thank Astra Honda, who made this possible, along with Repsol and all of our sponsors. The passion for MotoGP is huge in Indonesia, and we’re pleased to unveil our 2018 machines here with Alberto Puig, who has joined us as Repsol Honda’s Team Manager, and our two outstanding, brilliant riders. Marc and Dani deserve the best tools in order to be successful this new season, and it’s our mission to make that possible. Our engineers in Japan and our team around the world have done an impressive job, and I’m sure we’ll achieve our goals again.”
Repsol Honda Team Manager
“I’m happy and grateful to be here in Jakarta at our Repsol Honda Team presentation, especially knowing that Indonesian fans are great followers of our riders and brand. From a racing point of view, we’re confident that we can be ready to fight for the title again, because our engineers in Japan made a big effort this winter and our riders are ready. We know that our competitors will also be strong, and that they’ve taken some steps forward, but we expect a thrilling season in any case. Let’s hope everything goes well!”