Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez will remain at Honda until at least the end of 2020.

The Spaniard has removed himself from the rider market by signing a new two-year contract extension with HRC.

Marquez won the 125cc championship in 2010, Moto2 title in 2012 and then - after joining Repsol Honda - the MotoGP crown at his first attempt in 2013.

Further titles followed in 2014, 2016 and 2017, making Marquez the youngest rider in history to win four premier-class world championships.

“I’m excited to continue to race for Honda’s factory team in the MotoGP class," Marquez said.

"I’m proud to race as a member of the Honda family, and I appreciate how Honda and the team always do their best to provide me with everything I need. I would also like to thank everyone who has given me such warm support over the years.

"The first two official tests went well and, with my contract renewed, I can focus on racing in the new season. I will continue to enjoy racing, share my joy with everybody and do my best to reach our shared goals. Thank you!”

HRC president Yoshishige Nomura added: “I am very pleased that Marc Márquez will continue to ride for our factory team. Márquez has consistently pushed himself to the limit and matured as a rider, and given Honda many titles.

"We were able to announce the contract renewal at such an early stage due to our mutual trust, and our common passion for racing.

"I am certain that we can provide an environment for him to concentrate on the final tests in Qatar this week and in the lead-up to the opening round, and that we can start the 2018 season strongly.

"HRC will continue its challenge with Márquez, a vital rider in the future of MotoGP. I appreciate and look forward to everyone’s continued support for the Repsol Honda Team.”

Marquez, 25, joins Yamaha's Maverick Vinales as the only factory team riders confirmed for 2019.

Today's news also ends any rumours that Marquez might join KTM next season.

Marquez's current team-mate Dani Pedrosa has also been at Repsol Honda since his premier-class debut, in 2006.


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