This is the latest (virtually identical) Repsol Honda MotoGP livery, with which the team will try to defend its triple crown of riders', teams' and constructors' titles.

Repsol has been title sponsor of the factory HRC team since 1995, winning 15 titles with Mick Doohan, Alex Criville, Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden, Casey Stoner and current star Marc Marquez, who has been champion for six of the past seven years.

Despite that track record, and last year's perfect triple crown, there are rumours that the Repsol-Honda partnership could end after the 2020 season. As such, the colours unveiled today by Marc and younger brother Alex might be the final version of a famous livery.

After undergoing major shoulder surgery for the second year in a row, Marc will get a better idea of his fitness when he returns to the RC213V at the upcoming Official Sepang test from February 7-9.

A seventh MotoGP title victory this year would tie Marquez with Valentino Rossi and put the #93 just one behind the all-time premier-class record by Giacomo Agostini.

As a rookie, Moto2 champion Alex has already been on track this year, taking part in the opening two days of the Malaysian Shakedown Test, just before flying to Indonesia.

Alex will battle KTM riders Brad Binder and Iker Lecuona for the 2020 Rookie of the Year title, but was comfortable the quickest of the trio during day two of the Shakedown.

The current contracts for both Marc and Alex expire at the end of this year. Marc is all-but-certain to stay, with a contract announcement expected at any time, while Alex's future is likely to be decided later in the season.

As has become normal at team launches, the bike on show was last year's model with the latest graphics. Honda's revised 2020 aerodynamics, for example, have been tested at the Shakedown.

 

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