Will Marc Marquez ever leave Honda?

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Mon, 01/08/2018 - 15:30
Joe Crash
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Will Marc Marquez ever leave Honda?

It's been reported that KTM aren't interested in Marc Marquez due to his pricetag and the risk of blocking young 'homegrown' talent rising through the ranks - but can you picture the World Champion at any other team?

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 16:32
iamzombie's picture
Until he isn't competitive on

Until he isn't competitive on Honda, what motivation would he have to leave?  Money?  I imagine HRC is throwing literal boatloads of cash in his direction.  He obviously is one of the few riders who can get consistent results on the RC213V, so I don't see him leaving anytime soon.

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 13:00
Navelgazer's picture
Agree with Iamzombie

Agree with Iamzombie

Unless/Until Marc achieves everything he wants, he's not moving anywhere.

When he finally moves, I think it'll be out of curiousity rather than anything else.

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 04:39
AR9327's picture
For sure Honda never let him

For sure Honda never let him go.They kept Dani for 13 years eventhough he has not won title yet...So it may be atleast 5 or 6 years he will be locked at Honda...If he wanted to leave,it will happen only after breaking all records and he may choose Ducati for fun...

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 15:39
Luvnit's picture
If Marquez wants to prove he

If Marquez wants to prove he is as good as Valentino then he needs to leave the relatively safety of the Honda family and move to a lesser achieving team and put them up at the top! Valentino has had the guts to move but has Marquez got the same conviction in himself? 

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 01:25
spaishon28's picture
I think the only people who

I think the only people who require marquez to swap teams, to validate his status as the greatest of our time, are wearing yellow right now ;) it's becoming one of the only feats they have to hold on to. Hypothetically.... Let's say Marquez wins 25 world titles on the Honda. The yellow brigade will still say "well he didn't switch to a lesser bike like Rossi" 


I'm sorry, but I don't think Marquez needs to swap bikes to prove anything. And let's be honest.... The Honda is probably rheost difficult bike to get a good result on. Ask every sinlge Honda rider in the world championship lol 

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 14:21
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BobKelso's picture
Rossi has done it, therefore

Rossi has done it, therefore in order to be seen as (at least) equal so must anyone else.  The history books will only show facts, they won't be wearing anyone's colours.

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 03:44
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DoucheMcGee's picture
That's a Contradiction

First you say MM has to switch teams in order to be seen at least as equal as VR, but then you say the history books will only show facts, no colors.

Not many riders stay with the same team for their whole career. Dani Pedrosa has really been the only rider winning races that hasn't jumped to another team since I've been following MotoGP (16 years).

I don't think MM will leave Honda unless he either gets bored and wants a challenge (meaning winning Championships seems too easy) or he sees HRC change their priorites from him to another rider.

MM will retire one day as a top rider, whether MM leaves Honda or not, even if he retired tomorrow. Only time will tell if he can snatch the GOAT crown from VR.

As far as facts:

Both VR & MM won 4 championships in their first 5 seasons in the Premier class. But if you look back at the stats, MM is racing against a tougher field of riders.

Rossi won 42 of his 89 Premier class wins in those 1st 5 seasons - back when they only races 16 times a year. That's 52.5% win ratio. Which 3 riders were next in wins over those 5 years? Biaggi (10),  Gibernau (9) and Kenny Roberts Jr (4).

Marquez has won 35 of 90 races (38.9%) in his 1st 5 seasons at the top level.  During those 5 years, Lorenzo won 21, VR won 10, and DP won 9.

They're both amazing riders that will be talked about long after they retire as setting the benchmark for the class. And one day, another great rider will come along, and we'll be comparing that rider to MM and VR.

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 09:20
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BobKelso's picture
You've missed my point. 

You've missed my point.  History books will only really reflect the number of wins\championships etc.  In other words, statistics, and nobody really gives a crap about statistics.  The likes of Marquez (and formerly Lorenzo) know that one of the reasons Rossi is considered the GOAT is because his championships were with multiple brands.  Marquez could win every year with Honda, and statistically that would make him the most successful eventually, however that success would always be tainted by the "Yeah but Rossi did it with different manufacturers".  That's just the way it is.

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 08:13
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WH's picture
no, his success will never be

no, his success will never be tainted - you are so out of touch

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 18:16
Dr Thompson
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Rossi didn’t invent switching

Rossi didn’t invent switching teams, you hate filled blinkered morons.

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 04:13
AR9327's picture
Again saying...Marquez

Again saying...Marquez dreamed of riding for a Top bike...He is aboard top bike and best team...So he reached his dream and enjoying it...Will u guys dare to redefine your life style by leaving all your qualities??? Rossi changed a team but it was a failure...Rossi jumped to Ducati at 31...So lets wait what Marquez will do at 31...Rossi din't tried Suzuki , Aprillia or Kawasaki to prove your opinion of Rossi's Ghuts...If ducati would't have won races previously, he could't have changed team...Y u all guys moaning at Marc... Please stop slaming him...Rossi is a legend,,,But u guys are damaging his Reputation...

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 09:28
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BobKelso's picture
I'm not sure you're up to

I'm not sure you're up to speed with what most people are referring to in terms of changing teams...  In 2003 he won the title for Honda, then switched to Yamaha for 2004 and won the title again. That's one of the reasons a lot of people consider him the 'GOAT', it's not just about the number of titles.

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:59
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AR9327's picture
I am not saying Rossi is a

I am not saying Rossi is a normal rider...But then time was different...I still say Rossi is a Legend and its hard to lose him out of Motogp in future...

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:55
AR9327's picture
Its also matter of Reaching

Its also matter of Reaching goal

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:57
AR9327's picture
Consider why Rossi changed

Consider why Rossi changed team...He did't changed to prove something and he moved may some Inter-team politics or mis-understandings...

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:37
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iamzombie's picture
Rossi totally switched from

Rossi totally switched from Honda to Yamaha partially because he didn't like HRC's corporate mentality, but also partially as a big "f*ck you" to Max Biaggi, who had claimed the reason Rossi was winning championships was because he was on the Honda instead of the Yamaha.

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 15:00
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AR9327's picture
But mostly Partiality...

But mostly Partiality...

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:04
Sutton19's picture
Marquez and Folger 2019

Marquez and Folger 2019 repsol honda a line up.

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 16:30
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iamzombie's picture
Lol @ thinking Repsol give AF

Lol @ thinking Repsol give AF about having a german rider in their line-up.  When/if Pedrosa leaves/is made to leave, it will be another spaniard taking his bike, most likely Joan Mir.

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 17:23
Sutton19's picture
Sorry mate.

Sorry mate.

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 17:04
Sutton19's picture
Well who's going to replace

Well who's going to replace Folger.